Since we’re half way thru the year, I feel I might be qualified to offer some tips should you try the same journey with your family.So here you go -
Tip#1: Do not start reading Ecclesiastes as a family after having one of the best days of summer thus far.
With each book of the Bible, I’ve had an idea of how my kids will most likely react, like moms do for most things. Let’s just say they reacted exactly OPPOSITE of how I thought they would.
Ecc. 1:2 “‘Meaningless! Meaningless!’ says the Teacher. ‘Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless!’”
GIGGLES erupted from each child.
This didn’t bode well since we were only on verse 2!
We try to press on. When the kids start to realize a pattern, namely that after describing friendship, of money, or wisdom, that Solomon then writes, “This too is meaningless” the kids kept cracking up!
“It sounds like Snape’s diary,” Katarina quipped.
By then they were all in gut-belly laugh mode.
“If everything is meaningless then why are we reading it?” Sam asked, still laughing.
Oh dear. It’s hard to get the writer’s intent when you’re so happy.