Monday, February 26, 2018

Lenten Reflections for 2018

Following is my contribution to From Ashes to Glory, St. Paul's 2018 Lenten Devotional:

February 20, 2018
AM Psalm 45; PM Psalm 47, 48
Genesis 37:12-24; 1 Corinthians 1:20-31; Mark 1:14-28

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the Scribe?
Where is the debater of this age?
Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God 
through wisdom. God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, 
to save those who believe.
- 1 Corinthians 1:20-21

Information is available, it’s easy, and can be overloading and stressful. The Technology Revolution has brought us to the Information Age; played out in Smart Phones. In a nanosecond we can Google the answer most questions or curiosities. We no longer wait for the evening news or morning paper.

No matter how much information we have we still need something more. That more is wisdom. Wisdom goes deeper. We can “learn” information but we must “earn” wisdom. Wisdom grows through struggles, listening, time, perseverance and well, life. Information can make us feel smart, but wisdom is more.

Living within a church community provides numerous opportunities to grow in wisdom. Some of those are:
  • ·Realizing that we are not God. Proper perspective and humility are a great place to start.
  • ·Space and opportunities for listening and learning where even questions and doubt are valued and encouraged.
  • ·Serving others. When we serve we clarify and live out our values.
  • ·Being with others. Relating, listening and laughing all encourage growth.
  • ·Traditions and rhythms. Helping find the balance of life that goes beyond urgencies and reaches to depths of soul and substance.
  • ·A breadth of ages. Mixing across generations provides opportunities to understand life from broader perspectives.
When crisis arise we want, and need wisdom. May this Lenten season be one where each of us and all of us are learning and growing in wisdom. 

The complete devotional can be found at: