Saturday, 3rd Week after Pentecost

Text: Ecclesiastes 5:8-20

Prayer Pointers:

For wisdom in using the goods of this earth

For strength to strive for Godly justice

For those who need sleep

QOHOLETH, THE AUTHOR of Ecclesiastes is supposed to be Solomon in his old age, as the tradition says he wrote the Song of Songs in his youth and Proverbs in his maturity. Certainly, the book of Ecclesiastes has the tone of a person who has “seen it all” in the course of living life. Even this passages’ notice of oppression and injustice has a half-shrug quality to it: we should not be amazed or outraged when we see such things, because, as a Qoholeth of our time has said, “that’s the way that the world goes ‘round; one day you’re up, the next you’re down.”

But the Teacher of Ecclesiastes does not simply let his observation slide off the table. The verses that follow have a focus: injustice and oppression rise from the false things that we love. To love the things of this earth rather than the One who gives the things of this earth is foolishness, and from foolishness comes evil. To love riches and gain is to participate in vanity, in futility, in emptiness. Nihilism comes from a particular pain: loving things rather than the Creator while knowing that the things of earth cannot bring satisfaction.

As Jesus would later echo in his teaching about what is clean and unclean, Qoholeth reminds us that joy comes from God and is carried around with us; to take delight in what God has provided because God has provided it is the source of true satisfaction and true justice. For just as evil comes from the heart, so too does good arise from the hearts of those who love the Lord above all things.

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.