Preacher: The topic was wisdom, or more precisely the wisdom that nurturing people make good use of.
Seeker: “Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers;”
Preacher: If one is a nurturing person, Seeker, follows the path that Jesus Christ set down. And that path is NOT the path of wickedness, sinners, nor scoffers. It is a path that may be difficult, but it brings great joy. It is a path of those who work for the good of others.
Seeker: “but their delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law they meditate day and night.” How, Preacher, does that verse connect to the Proverbs passage that was read at the beginning of the week. And that I assume is matched with this passage from Psalm? As to the Epistle and Gospel, I can see the connection. But to the passage from Proverbs?
Preacher: Seeker, remember how the Proverbs passage praises the tasks of laboring early in the morning, considering the needs of the family, and providing for all who took shelter under that roof? The law of the Lord for some maybe the Ten Commandments and all the out-shoots of those laws and traditions. But the heart, the very heart, is to do good and walk humbly with your Lord. To love the Lord with all you have and love your neighbor as yourself. Some may meditate, but others live it out!
Seeker: Ah! “They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.”
Preacher: “The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.” It please me, Seeker, when the scripture passages from the Revised Common Lectionary can inform and interrelate to each other in different and interesting ways. Perhaps in ways that the original drafters of the Revised Common Lectionary never thought of.
Seeker: I can see clearly now that the psalmist unknowingly has provided a ode to those who work on the behalf of others and nurture those around them. It is like a foretaste of the Jesus the Messiah’s care. Yet, and yet, it is practical as well. Pragmatic because by doing good and living well for others, one follows precisely the intent of the Divine. And those who do not follow the law of love, compassion and care, well . . . .
Preacher: “Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” (Psalm 1)
Seeker: What comfort and satisfaction to know that one’s tasks and duties – that are done out of gladness, compassion. and joy – are also the the goals of Christianity that bring eternal life!
Preacher: Shalom & Selah, Seeker, Shalom & Selah!