Grateful Birthday 46
Then, when it got colder, I went to a coffeehouse to read Ecclesiastes (good birthday reading for existentialists). Herman Melville called Ecclesiastes “the truest of all books,” and Thomas Wolfe described it as “the highest flower of poetry, eloquence, and truth.”
I read Ecclesiastes in two different Bible versions: The Message, a paraphrase that is used at my new church, and the English Standard Version (ESV), a much more literal translation that I’ve come to appreciate more and more. Even though the ESV was done by conservative scholars, it’s a great translation. There are parts of The Message (which is greatly loved by Bono of U2) that are incredibly beautiful and poetic, and other parts that are simply annoying. The poet in me appreciates The Message, and the theology geek in me loves the ESV, so I’m now using both on a regular basis. I’ve become bi-biblical.
Yesterday (Saturday) the snow fell again – here’s what it looked like outside my apartment: