God-shaped Void


Lord of heaven and earth, keep me from making my aim that which is dust in the wind.



[1] The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem:[2] “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” [3] What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun? [4]Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever. [5] The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. [6] The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. [7] All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again. [8] All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing. [9] What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. [10] Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time. [11] No one remembers the former generations, and even those yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow them. 



Most of us accept the maxim “No pain, no gain.” But how do we respond when, having endured the pain, there’s still no satisfactory gain? The Teacher grappled with this issue. Observing the daily routines of nature and life, he made three dismal deductions: no lasting gain (3); everlastingly wearisome cycles (6-8); and no lasting legacy (11).Today’s passage evokes a profound sense of weariness and discontent. Despite our endless busyness and bustling about, there remains a void that’s never truly nor fully filled. Solomon laments, “The eye never has enough of seeing” (8b). The truth is that “there is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus” (Pascal, Pensées). Solomon’s observation deck stands on planet Earth; but from the vantage point of heaven, and in the light of that most glorious Son of David, we have the priceless promise that one day we will experience the indescribable joy and fulfillment of actually seeing God face to face (1 Cor. 13:12).



Give free rein to your imagination as you express to God your deepest longings for heaven.



Father, this world is not my home. Open my eyes so that I may know what is of worth and call others to it.


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Terry Schneider