Monday, March 16, 2009

Excerpts from Ecclesiastes

Good morning, Dear friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it1 When I stepped outside in the darkness this morning, the half moon had lost some of its brilliance, so I could see the stars faintly twinkling all around it. Now, I think it must be a little misty because the sun is not shining, yet.

I spied two peacocks yesterday on our trip to the Park...the male has very long tail feathers, which do not seem to bother him when he hops up on cars or fences. I have seen them roost in trees, with the long feathers hanging down. Sometimes they fly up on roof tops. I also saw a beautiful egret reflected in the canal and yesterday a lady cardinal came to get water from a bowl I put out on our wall. She just sat and let the breeze blow her tiny feathers on her top knot. God is good!

From the Promise Bible NLT:

Ecclesiastes 4
The Advantages of Companionship

I observed yet another example of meaninglessness in our world. This is the case of a man who is all alone, without a child or a brother, yet who works hard to gain as much wealth as he can. But then he asks himself, "Who am I working for? Why am I giving up so much pleasure now?" It is all so meaningless and depressing.

Two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one; they get a better return for their labor. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble. And on a cold night, two under the same blanket can gain warmth from each other. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs,