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All is Vanity...Under the Sun - by Michael Phillips
Ecclesiastes - Part 1
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Ecclesiastes 1:1-11
Jul 31, 2011 am - All is Vanity.Under the Sun Face reality. This was the creed my father lived and died by. On the afternoon of December 30th of last year, orderlies came into his hospital room to cart him off for an MRI. By that time, he was very weak and it was hard to lift him out of bed. When they did though, something happened I didn't expect: he fainted. They put him back in bed and told me he'd have no test today. Fifteen minutes later, he woke up not knowing where he was, but knowing full well what he was. He turned to me sitting on his left and said matter-of-factly- I'm not going to make it. Of course he was right: he died on the morning of January 4, 2011. For me and you and many other people, the days were filled with prayer and hope--and a good measure of pretending. But Dad was facing reality. He had read his Bible every day for many years and he knew the verse, There is- A time to be born, And a time to die. His time had come, and he chose to accept life as it really is and not as we wish it would be. These painful memories bring us to Ecclesiastes, and what Herman Melville called- The truest book in the world. THE NON-CONSENSUS To say there is no consensus on this Book is to badly ... More >>>

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