Monday, September 15, 2008

Breaking blog silence for breaking news

Only a brief raising of the head between chapters of my project and an essay on social ethics. Just wanted to observe how current world events will be even more pertinent to my essay on the governance of the free market. It will give me good reason to stop and think how reliable the free market really is, while it would be naive (and theologically incorrect) to say that the subprime mortgage disaster should never have happened.

Further, as I sit wondering what will happen with my savings, it will be very helpful to be preparing a sermon on Ecclesiastes 3, with its reminder that we can never know the big picture, and there will be times for bad as well as good in this peculiar concoction that is "life under the sun." They're not comforting words, but they're probably just the words we all need to hear right now.

At some later time I'm also preparing a post looking at allusions in Zechariah 9–14 to Micah and their significance to the post-exilic Judeans and their significance to us. But all that will need to wait until post-essay (and possibly post-project). For now, it might be time for a quotation from Ecclesiastes 3:

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:


a time to weep, and a time to laught

a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;

a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

a time to seek, and a time to lose;

a time to keep, and a time to cast away;


What gain has the worker from all his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; [...]

I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him. That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what has been driven away.

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