But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?Man knows not its price; neither is it found in the land of the living.The depth says, It is not in me: and the sea says, It is not with me.It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for its price.It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire.The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and there is no exchanging it for jewels of fine gold.Not to mention coral, or pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold.From where, then, does wisdom come? And where is the place of understanding?It is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air.Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.God understands the way of it, and he knows the place of it.For he looks to the ends of the earth, and sees under the whole heaven;To make the weight for the winds; and he weighs the waters by measure.When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yes, and searched it out.And unto man he said,Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.(Job 28:12-28)
Sunday, July 30, 2023
Sunday, July 23, 2023
- Each (seraph/angel) cried to the other and said, "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory." (Isaiah 6:3)
- Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight O Lord, my strength and my redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)
- Faith, hope, and love remain: the greatest of these is love. (I Corinthians 13:13)
- Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)
- The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him: The spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord. (Isaiah 11:2)
- To him who overcomes ... I will give a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which none knows except the one who receives it. (Revelation 2:17)
- He showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. (Revelation 22:1)
- Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8)
If anyone has favorites that I haven't thought of, I'd be glad to hear them.
Sunday, July 16, 2023
Sunday, July 09, 2023
[A]dmiration is the correct, adequate or appropriate response to it; that, if paid, admiration will not be "thrown away," and that if we do not admire we shall be stupid, insensible, and great losers; we shall have missed something.
He is that Object to admire which (or if you like to appreciate which) is simply to be awake, to have entered the real world; not to appreciate which is to have lost the greatest experience, and in the end to have lost all.
Sunday, July 02, 2023
"Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn." (Romans 12:15)
What would be a compassionate view of incomplete grief? Here is a look at the conventional "5 stages" with a side of understanding:
- Shock / Denial: This early stage of grief seems to be the basic reaction, "I need a moment. This is overwhelming. I won't be able to wrap my mind around it all at once."
- Anger: Here the griever is taking stock of unfairness, disappointment, or frustrated plans. Some types of loss hit us in a way that we want to fight, and we feel anger.
- Bargaining: "There has to be a way to ..." Bargaining is ultimately about recognizing what we want, pursuing it as far as possible, identifying what is possible and what is not. In grief, it's meeting the situation with honesty and gentleness -- and with advocacy for those who are hurting.
- Sadness: Recognizing the loss or pain, accepting the validity of sadness, meeting it with compassion.
- Acceptance: Premature claims of acceptance can be an attempt to shortcut around the pain. Accepting a loss is on the other side of feeling the loss.
Acceptance may be the end of the road -- and as such, it's not possible to start there. On the way to acceptance, being understood is a solid support.