Ecclesiastes 1: Stages and Stories
From the very beginning of our existence, we humans have been tried to answer the question: "Why are we here? What is the meaning of the world and our lives in it?" This is the question at the heart of the book of Ecclesiastes. Koheleth - "the Teacher" - begins Ecclesiastes on a slightly sour note: "All is vanity!" What does he mean? Why does he begin with such a pessimistic message? Too often we find ourselves going through life without a sense of purpose or meaning. By forcing us to examine the meaninglessness of life, God opens our eyes to our purpose in Christ.