From the Pastor’s Deks, 6/6/22

 I’ve developed a habit (obsession, perhaps) of watching YouTube videos to learn home improvement and repair tricks of the trade, woodworking techniques, and general DIY hacks. Generally, these videos make everything seem so easy to do. To install drywall, place it on the wall, drive a few screws, and all is good. Cutting out for outlets, carrying a full sheet of drywall, and being sure that the right edges are together add complexity to the installation process. Installing a retaining wall seems simple enough but rarely do videos say anything about the sore muscles and aching back after lifting and setting in place all of the landscaping stones, not to mention all the prep work of removing sod and digging a trench and packing bags of paver base and leveling sand.

   I’m not complaining. I’m truly grateful for the videos I watch and the techniques shared from which I learn. The reality is that there is more complexity involved than is revealed in the videos. And this becomes quickly apparent when diving into a project.

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From the Pastor’s Desk, 5/30/22

Read: Ecclesiastes 3

   That which is already has been, that which is to be already is, and God seeks out what has gone by. So I saw that there is nothing better than that all should enjoy their work, for that is their lot; who can bring them to see what will be after them? (vv. 15, 22)

   Time marches on and ever so rapidly. The old adage, “The older you become, the faster time goes by,” certainly holds true. I did see a brief psychological explanation for this phenomenon, but whether it can be explained scientifically or not, it happens. I speak from my experience, at least.

   The third chapter of Ecclesiastes opens with a poem about time. The poem offers succinct statements about seemingly opposites of time: at time to be born and a time to die, a time for war and a time for peace. Implied, in my view, is that life happens between these opposites, and even in spite of these different ends of the spectrum.

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