September 24, 2020
True and Lasting
Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth,
vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!
What profit has man from all the labor
which he toils at under the sun?
One generation passes and another comes,
but the world forever stays.
Ecclesiastes 1:2-4

For a week, Copan Ruinas, Honduras, was home. We walked everywhere. And on our daily route, we passed her. Ancient and tiny, neatly dressed, she sat motionless in the doorway of the ice cream shop. If we caught her eye, she would smile slightly and return her gaze to the ground. Hundreds of years ago, kings and priests looked down at their subjects here from the heights of Mayan palaces, sure of their importance, confident in their legacy. Now, children scramble over the crumbling stones. Who knows what joys and sorrows the elderly woman in the doorway had seen. And who knows what she remembers sitting there as we rush by absorbed and busy, toiling under the sun.

Lord, grant me the wisdom to discern what is true and lasting.

- Amy Welborn

Ecclesiastes 1:2-11|Psalm 90:3-6, 12-14, 17|Luke 9:7-9

Comments

September 24, 2020 at 03:12 PM

Amy, thank you for your devotion.

Life can be hopeless especially when we remember our past joys, sorrows, heartaches, brokenness and all that we have seen. People today try to avoid facing such a bleak reality by many distractions, addictions, our business and forms of escapism, but this “mad dash” only shows how desperate we are.

The only way to be saved from the impossible situation of life without hope is "living in and for Christ", and every detail of our lives will be changed with meaning and love.

"In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge. I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord; no one comes to the Father except through me."

God Bless our Living Faith Family and continued prayers for all. Continued prayers for Ken's son.

September 24, 2020 at 01:50 PM

The book of Ecclesiates is such a depressng book :-(

Written by the wisest and richest person ever lived, king Solomon! He started the book in 1:1-2, "The words of the Teacher, son of David (Solomon), king in Jerusalem: “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless."

Is it really meaningless or isn't it meaningless? Yes and Yes!!! Without God, life is meaningless! With God, life isn't meaningless but rather purposeful as was Solomon when he was chosen to build God's temple and lead His people after king David, his father! He lost his purpose in his old age??? Who knows? God does! But we do know he penned the book of Proverbs (wisdom for life :-)

The book of Ecclesiastes is a dark study on a life lived apart from God. Solomon looks back over his wasted years and finds no joy in them, only futility, vanity, and “a chasing after the wind” (Ecclesiastes 1:14).

But he had learned his lesson the hard way and he wraps up the book with this advice at the end of the book of Ecclesiastes 12:13–14: “
* Now all has been heard;
* here is the conclusion of the matter:
* Fear God and keep His commandments,
* for this is the duty of all mankind.
* For God will bring every deed into judgment,
* including every hidden thing,
* whether it is good or evil!”

Is it discernment that I need?
Is it knowledge that I need?
Is it wisdom that I need?
Yes! Yes! And Yes! But.......

Without Jesus, all the above are meaningless :-(

Just look around you, you will see people with discernment, knowledge and wisdom fall flat on their faces in their relationships, finances and health issues...

With Jesus, all of the relationships, financial and health issues have meanings and purposes :-) Do you believe that?

Lord Jesus, You are the Way and the Truth and the Life, says the Lord; no one comes to the Father except through You :-) Amen! (John 14:6)

GL1951
September 24, 2020 at 03:09 PM

Salina, thank you for this food for thought! May I know what is right and true through Jesus.

September 24, 2020 at 12:14 PM

Amen! Thank you Holy Father for this beautiful day and for this Gospel today. Thank you Lord for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Holy Father, most of all, for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please Lord have mercy. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen

September 24, 2020 at 10:26 AM

Good morning Living Faith Family. Know that I am praying for each of you and special prayers go out to Ken and for healing of his son, in Jesus’s name we pray-Amen.

This morning I am going to reflect on the Gospel.

Hearing and believing.

Be humble, do not let pride get in the was of seeing.

Why was Herod so curious of who Jesus was all about. We know that he actually like listening to John speak about his faith. Was God trying to work through Herod’s sinful nature to help him believe. We know the rest of the story, Herod let his pride get in the way of just having faith and doing what was right at the time, being humbled. He let sin and pride before others dictate who he was in this life.

To believe is to hear, see and to have true faith.

Do we hear the voice of the Good Shepherd calling us out to be disciplines or are we more concern what others will say and think. I have always tried to share with my children, to not be following others, rather think and do what is right on your own. Do not always follow the cool person, one who society accepts. Do what is right, stop and think is this where I want to go. Have faith to know the difference. We have been blessed because so far they have chosen the path less traveled.

Back in Jesus’s days, they saw and believed. I we believe, we will see the glory of our our Lord Jesus Christ. If we come to believe, we will come to know the one who sent him, our Father in Heaven. Blessed are we who believe.

Do not let your pride enter your life, stay humble to serve others with much love, kindness, mercy and bring Joy to all of their lives.

True Faith requires us to walk in faith, not just talk about it. Be humble and do not let pride take over. Remember who we are following, right vs. bad, the Good Shepherd.

Amen

david
September 24, 2020 at 08:54 PM

Teach us to number our days aright,that we may gain wisdom of heart.

September 24, 2020 at 10:08 AM

Amen.

September 24, 2020 at 09:23 AM

Amen.

September 24, 2020 at 09:23 AM

Amen. Thoughtful reflection Amy. May we all in our busyness of living life stop every now and than and just live, feel and find time to reflect especially in our faith In the present moment. May god bless all today. Prayers for Tim and the LF family.

Kjc
September 24, 2020 at 10:21 AM

Carol EM and Freeter I will pray for you at Mass this morning
Living faith family thank you for your prayers for my son. Living faith family I will pray for you guys when I return home

Ken

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