On this day [that I sat down to write] I knew I needed to be very aware of what I wrote. Because, I counted it out and knew what day this blog entry would post. I knew I needed to chose carefully what Old Testament I used from the two options available. And I knew I needed to chose my words carefully. So I looked to see what the options were . . . . . and the Divine was very good to me, providing me these passages. Shalom & Selah!
“Wisdom is radiant and unfading, and she is easily discerned by those who love her, and is found by those who seek her. She hastens to make herself known to those who desire her. One who rises early to seek her will have no difficulty, for she will be found sitting at the gate. To fix one’s thought on her is perfect understanding, and one who is vigilant on her account will soon be free from care, because she goes about seeking those worthy of her, and she graciously appears to them in their paths, and meets them in every thought.” (Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-16)
I have said before that I adore the Wisdom passages, whether they be from the book Wisdom of Solomon or the psalm passages where Wisdom also appears. I also appreciate that Wisdom is imaged as a woman. Finally, let me say, I try to be a faithful attendant to Wisdom – counting her instruction as inspired by the Divine.
And as I think ahead to what this day might bring, I sincerely hope and pray that Wisdom has been attended to by others. There is something frightening about living in a country where my choices and preferences at not what others are. I have felt that increasingly over the past year. And if this day and the days that follow it do not allay my fears, I pray that I might cling ever closer to Wisdom and find solace in her gentle words.
“The beginning of wisdom is the most sincere desire for instruction, and concern for instruction is love of her, and love of her is the keeping of her laws, and giving heed to her laws is assurance of immortality, and immortality brings one near to God; so the desire for wisdom leads to a kingdom.” (Wisdom of Solomon 6:17-20)
What, you might ask, are the laws of Wisdom? For that we must look to another scriptural passage: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. “ (Proverbs 9:10) Wisdom tells me that without knowing what this day will bring, I should conclude my comments. But let me say, I am praying towards this day; putting my hopes in the Divine, and trying to lay my fears aside.
May you, beloved reader, seek out Wisdom. May she light your way and path to the Divine. Again, Shalom & Selah!