“Reverence for the Eternal is the first step toward wisdom. All those who worship Him have a good understanding. His praise will echo through eternity.” Psalm 111:10 (The Voice)
“The Eternal is ready to share His wisdom with us, for His words bring true knowledge and insight; He has stored up the essentials of sound wisdom for those who do right; He acts as a shield for those who value integrity.” Proverbs 2:6-7 (The Voice)
“You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.” Psalm 51:6 (NRSV)
Wisdom literature bridges pathways into spiritual diversity. For Judeo-Christians, Psalms and Proverbs offer wisdom in the category of “wisdom literature.” Many faith groups and religions have wise writers and literature considered to be sacred because of its practical wisdom for daily living.
One of our founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, was known for his wisdom. Some of his sayings still echo throughout time: “By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail”, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”, and “Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.”
We live and work in communities with wise persons around us. Sitting and listening to patients and residents affords us opportunities for gleaning wisdom. I recently tried asking some of our elders, “What lessons did you learn from your grandmother?” Here are some of the variegated answers: “Always pray and be thankful;” “Read your Bible;” “Love God;” “Pay your debts;” “Be faithful in life.”
Ask an elder about the wisdom they were taught or have learned over time… you may be surprised at the answers!
Prayer: God, we do not want to be old too soon and wise too late. Help us to value the wisdom of our elders. Teach us wisdom in our secret hearts and allow us to live lives of integrity with true knowledge and insight. Amen.