Reader: Delinda Merry: One of my favorite posts from the Park Forum (and it was very hard to chose just one) came in April, just a few days after Easter. We had just been through a meaningful and intentional observance of Holy Week, with a church wide dinner and communion on Maundy Thursday, a contemplative and sobering “Service of Shadows” on Good Friday, and, of course, a glorious celebration on Easter Sunday. Then – it was back into the trenches of the daily grind. This truly was encouragement for the weary. Even though I work at a church, I struggle with how the resurrection gives meaning to my daily work. Life is hard.
843 Acres Reader’s Choice: The Same Event Happens to Us All
Originally published as a Tuesday Tweetable on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.
Highlighted: Ecc 9
It is the same for all, since the same event (death) happens to the righteous and the wicked, to the good and the evil. #Ecc9
The hearts of the children of man are full of evil and madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead. #Ecc9
“Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” #Thomas
Paul: “Christ is raised. Therefore, be steadfast, immovable, abounding … knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” #1Cor15
His resurrection gives meaning to our work. Therefore, eat your bread with joy, drink your wine with merriment, work with might. #Ecc9
The good life, the truly human life, is not based on a few great moments, but on many, many little ones. #Kushner
Lord, We #adore you for not letting death have the final word. In Christ, you solved the riddle of Ecclesiastes, fulfilling his longings.
Yet we #confess that we often do not know how to live in this already-but-not-yet state. Our work is not in vain, but what does that mean?
We #thank you that what was begun at the resurrection of Christ will continue until it is thoroughly finished, that we work as your hands.
Therefore, may we enjoy our bread, wine, and work, as we point to Christ as the bread, the wine, and the new creation. #supplication
About Delinda: Delinda the Children’s Ministry Director at Redeemer Church of Knoxville in Tennessee.
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