Lenten Reflection 3

Lenten Reflection 3

All Is Vanity

1:1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher,
vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
What does man gain by all the toil
at which he toils under the sun?
A generation goes, and a generation comes,
but the earth remains forever.


The sun rises, and the sun goes down,
and hastens to the place where it rises.
The wind blows to the south
and goes around to the north;
around and around goes the wind,
and on its circuits the wind returns.


All streams run to the sea,
but the sea is not full;
to the place where the streams flow,
there they flow again.
All things are full of weariness;
a man cannot utter it;
the eye is not satisfied with seeing,
nor the ear filled with hearing.
What has been is what will be,
and what has been done is what will be done,
and there is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there a thing of which it is said,
“See, this is new”?
It has been already
in the ages before us.


11 There is no remembrance of former things,
nor will there be any remembrance
of later things yet to be
among those who come after them
.

Ecclesiastes 1:1-11, ESV

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3 thoughts on “Lenten Reflection 3

  1. What is the sense of life? Gathering goods, knowledge is in the long run disappointing. Not real happiness. In my opinion (and experience) the sense of life is only understood in the forgiveness of our sins. We can experience this in listening to the gospel. Then we hear for example: Jesus is the promised son of God. He suffered and died for our sins. He raised from the dead. Then, if this is really good news for us, we love the Father by that He battered his Son to dead instead of us.

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