My intention was to focus this blog on introducing our summer sermon series, “Why Am I Here”- a Study of Ecclesiastes, but something happened this morning. I heard the news that a celebrity had taken his own life; the second public figure this week whose life ended so tragically. Hearing about a suicide always triggers deep emotions in me. I lost my Dad to suicide when I was 15. My brother-in-law took his life when he was 41. And over the years I’ve known others whose darkness became so deep that they took this step to try to end their pain. Then I heard on the news that suicide is on the rise in our country and I felt even more sadness. So I want to say this to anyone who reads this post and is feeling despair: there is hope! You may think there is no other choice but to take your life; you may feel that the world would be better off without you;….but that is not true. There is hope! You may not see it or feel it, but hope is still there. And that hope is Jesus! He loves you and wants you to call out to Him today. He says to you, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and over-burdened, and I will give you rest! Put on my yoke and learn from me. For I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30).
As I think about it, this blog really is about the basic message of Ecclesiastes after all—in this confusing, painful, disappointing world, our only ultimate hope is God!