The end of something is better than its beginning.
Patience is better than arrogance.
Each last Tuesday of the church year, we take a look at a book that is said to have been written by Solomon toward the end of his life. It’s called Ecclesiastes. He takes a somber look in many ways, yet one that has quiet wisdom running through it. Solomon stands at the end of his life and looks back on everything. From that point of view, things fall into place alongside other things and events.
“Finishing is better than starting”…I like that line. The crowd of people beginning to run a Marathon is not as interesting as the few that lead the race and the ones who come in ahead of all.
As you imagine the end of your life, whether it ends in the far off distance, and maybe even sadly, much sooner: take a moment and go to the end and think for some moments about what was really important to you in your whole life. I hope it’s got something do to with loving others, finding God’s plan for your life and doing it, looking at the qualities about yourself by which you’ll want to be remembered.
Well, you’re not dead yet! There’s time for you right now to become the kind of person you really want to be.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Patience better than anger. v. 8
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the last week in the season of Kingdomtide,
Autumn in the north. Year B.
Tuesdays are dedicated to Hebrew History and “The Writings.”
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…