As another thanksgiving is upon us I will share again with you something I wrote sometime ago. As I think about Thanksgiving once again I think of what all I personally have had and current do have to be thankful for. Likewise for you? Yes as Jimmy’s friend said: “Some of its magic and some of its tragic…but…I’ve had a good life.” True.
And maybe each of us can pause and moment and think about what the writer of Ecclesiastes was saying…to enjoy life
Happy Thanksgiving to each of you and keep on.
DID JIMMY BUFFETT READ THE BIBLE?
Just some thoughts:
“Did Jimmy Buffett read the Bible?”
Well if nothing else that line should have gotten one’s attention.
“Jimmy, some of it’s magic, some of it’s tragic, But I had a good life all the way.”
The minister where my wife and I attend church has been doing a series on the book of Ecclesiastes. Possibly my favorite book of the Bible. “Tells it like it is.”
As I sat in the service one morning listening to the speaker my mind wondered to a Buffett song he once penned. It is one of my favorites. For some reason I began to run the lyrics of this song though my mind and related it to some things one might read in the book of Ecclesiastes. (Sorry Rev…guess I was driftin’ off in another direction.)
The song tells a story about a man’s life. He’s now eighty-six years old (perpetual motion) and I get the feeling he has kinda come to get a grip on life and what’s important. But it was a process, but never fully arrival for anyone.
When young he lived in Paris, moved on the England, got married. Had a fine life he says, had a son. But as life will do questions came to him and some of them with answers that he just locked away. But some remained unanswered. Years passed, twenty or so and tragedy comes to him. War takes both his baby and his lady, left him with only one eye. His world was shattered, he cried. He thinks back over his life and recalls looking for answers he never found. Who among us hasn’t done that? Life will do that to us, gives us questions but no answers. Right?
He now begins to write his memoirs, his health is leaving him but just maybe he has gotten a little bit of a grip on life. Maybe some of the times he was sitting on the pier fishing he was reading Ecclesiastes and thought about what the writer says: (you think?)
“Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart for it is now that God favors what you do. Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that
God has given you under the sun.”
“Jimmy, some of it’s magic, some of it’s tragic, but I had a good life all the way”
Life, some of it’s meaningless, sad, good but most of all try to learn to enjoy life as best you can where you are and with who you find yourself.
Hum….I wonder if Jimmy read the book.
==============================================November 27, 2019