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Darkness

Wednesday, June 8th, 2005 at 10:27 pm

A few weeks ago, I was studying to find some words of encouragement for a couple in our church whose 11 year old daughter has been battling cancer. I recalled hearing a message at a camp meeting a few years ago in which the preacher spoke about a few good things about the dark. I began studying passages related to darkness and dark times. A few days into the study, another lady in our church called and talked to me about some tough times her son was having and I gave her a couple of the passages I found and they encouraged her. As I was studying, I was also trying to think about what I should speak to the Best Years Club. That’s when I came across Ecclesiastes 11:8 and knew the topic of dark times was a good topic – not only for the Best Years Club, but for everyone.

Remember the dark times

Ecclesiastes 11:8 But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. All that cometh is vanity.

What strikes me most about this verse is that a man can rejoice in all his years even though the days of darkness shall be many. And to top it all off, God tells us to remember those days of darkness! Why in the world would God want us to remember the dark times?

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