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Everything Appropriate To Its Time

In today's reading from Ecclesiates, Qoholeth (or Solomon) says, "I have considered the task that God has appointed for the sons of men to be busied about. He has made everything appropriate to its time, and has put the timeless into their hearts, without man's ever discovering, from beginning to end, the work which God has done." In other words, our job is to concentrate on the work we have to do int he present moment, without being concerned for the future known only to God. It's hard to live this concept, though! Especially right now, when our society is turned upside-down by worries of all kinds, particularly the coming national elections and the pandemic. In The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis' famous epistolary novel composed of letters from an experienced tempter to his young nephew trying to steal a soul from God for the first time, this crisis of the future is  neatly summed up: Your patient will, of course, have picked up the notion that he must submi…

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