Friday, July 29, 2016

Yearning for the Divine

A phrase often coupled in Ecclesiastes with "vapor" is "chasing after wind."  While the author says throughout that human activity is futile, Carey Walsh makes the observation that "chasing after wind" indicates some initiative and desire.  She says, "The reason for this is not that life is pointless or  nihilistic or absurd but because God 'has put the timeless into their hearts' (3:11).  Yearning is in our spiritual DNA."  She goes on to remind us that the Hebrew word for "wind" also means "spirit."  Ecclesiastes accepts the inexpressible quality of the Divine and yet is wholly given over to yearning for the Divine.  

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