CELEBRATE: Choose joy; Explore; Feast.
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandolf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All that we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” -JRR Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
Surprisingly, a sermon series on the book of Ecclesiastes at church has given me a vision and desire to celebrate. I say surprisingly because if you haven’t read it before, Ecclesiastes is generally perceived as a philosophically depressing book on the meaninglessness of life:
“Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless!” What do people get for all their hard work under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth never changes. The sun rises and the sun sets, then hurries around to rise again. The wind blows south, and then turns north. Around and around it goes, blowing in circles. Rivers run into the sea, but the sea is never full. Then the water returns again to the rivers and flows out again to the sea. Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content.
“History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. Sometimes people say, “Here is something new!” But actually it is old; nothing is ever truly new. We don’t remember what happened in the past, and in future generations, no one will remember what we are doing now.” Ecclesiastes 1:2-11
Still, each week I leave church encouraged and excited about celebrating in the midst of the weary, toil of life. I won’t go into details, but if you’re interested, you can listen to the sermons on Ecclesiastes here. In short, our lives will never completely satisfy us because we were not made to live in a fallen world. I want to be a person who, in light of the fallen, painful, and vaporous nature of life, chooses to love God, keep his commands, and celebrate life with feasting and laughter…
In my life, and our apartment, food is becoming one major embodiment of this celebration.
Outstanding In the Field. One of the coolest ideas (involving food & people) I’ve seen. I really hope I get to experience this in person one day:
“Is it possible for people to miss their lives in the same way one misses a plane?” –Walker Percy, a novelist
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