While I was on vacation soaking in the majesty of the Alaska wilderness, my congregation was learning together the wisdom of Proverbs. This week I return to church and will speak next Sunday on Proverbs. In my early morning reflections while on vacation, I found myself reminded once again of the connection in the Scriptures between Wisdom, Creation and the happiness in life that we all want to enjoy and pass on to our families. So, I offer this pictorial representation of one section of the book of Proverbs, wisdom personified reminds us that she offers us a perspective on life that comes from the beginning of time, and offers us words to live by...
The Lord created me at the beginning of his work,
the first of his acts of long ago.
Ages ago I was set up,
at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
When there were no depths I was brought forth,
when there were no springs abounding with water.
Before the mountains had been shaped,
before the hills, I was brought forth—
when he had not yet made earth and fields,
or the world’s first bits of soil.
When he established the heavens, I was there,
when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
when he made firm the skies above,
when he established the fountains of the deep,
when he assigned to the sea its limit,
so that the waters might not transgress his command,
when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
then I was beside him, like a master worker
and I was daily his delight,
rejoicing before him always,
rejoicing in his inhabited world
and delighting in the human race….
“And now, my children, listen to me:
happy are those who keep my ways.
Hear instruction and be wise,
and do not neglect it.
Happy is the one who listens to me..."