WHERE ARE THINGS MORE REAL?
1 Having a good name is more significant than owning valuable ointment, and the day you die is more significant than the day you are born. 2 It is more significant to go to the house where people are mourning than to go to the house where people are feasting, because this is the end of all humanity, so the living should bear this in mind. 3 Sorrow is more significant than laughter, because sadness of face shows something significant in the heart. 4 The heart of the wise looks for the house where people are mourning, but the heart of fools looks for the house where people are partying.
frat house and funeral home
Solomon looked for wisdom wherever he could find it. He found it more often at a funeral home than at a frat house. He discovered that laughter tended to be an escape from reality, but mourning brought people back to the essentials. After discerning that life is temporary, he found that those suffering the loss of a loved one are the most in touch with the way things really are.
LORD, even in our times of laughter, may we always be mindful of and appreciate the lessons we learn in mourning.