“As he came from his mother’s womb, naked shall he return; to go as he came.  And he shall take nothing from his labor which he may carry away in his hand.”  (Ecclesiastes 5:15, NKJV)

Two things survive us: What we do for others; and what we do for the Lord God.

Ecclesiastes reminds us of the fact that we entered this world with empty hands, and that we shall leave it in the same way.  In the interim, much passes through our hands: Money, opportunities to lend assistance to others, occasions to bless with a written word of encouragement, the embraces of forgiveness.

What have we done this week that will survive us?

Today will offer again many opportunities “to store up for ourselves treasure in heaven, where neither moth nor rust corrupt; and where thieves do not break through and steal.” Act boldly for the sake of the kingdom (rule) of God!  – Luther

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