Meaning of life?

In Les Miserables, as the young men fighting oppression settle in for the night on the barricades — facing the reality of their impending battle and death, they sing these words…

Drink with me to days gone by
Can it be you fear to die?
Will the world remember you
When you fall?
Could it be your death
Means nothing at all?
Is your life just one more lie?

I thought of these lyrics recently while reading in the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes. Facing the same reality of impending death, the author poses the question – does my life matter? He says, “Meaningless. Meaningless. Utterly meaningless. What does man gain from all his labor under the sun?”  His answer? “A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? To the man who pleases him, God give wisdom, knowledge and happiness.”

Unless we are willing to look to God for truth, we are destined to live without meaning.  To comprehend the finite, one must know the infinite.

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Ok...so you've located the place where I put down my random thoughts. The key word here is random: music, sports, art, food, books, news, spiritual musings, weird stories, etc. I'm especially interested in how everyday experiences of life intersect with the ancient stories of Scripture. Thanks for reading.
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