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Ecclesiastes can depress us with its time to mourn, to weep, to die. The writer lists fourteen “opposites” in a few shortverses. All in all, they reflect twenty-eight facets of human life.So if we focus only on the sobering aspects, we’ll overlook God’s joyful imperative. Beyond our birth, choices and...

God of our past and future, your glory and majesty lie beyond our comprehension. However, we know you love us and want us to savor lives of love and happiness. So when inevitable difficulties and sorrows come our way, help us remember the fullness of your blessings. May our lives point toward Jesus, who suffered greatly yet enjoyed your goodness and love. Amen.


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