Asleep or Awake—Which Do You Choose? – June 16, 2019

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In the ancient Hebrew Scriptures, we find a persistent character called “Wisdom” (“Sophia” in the Greek translations). “Wisdom” is thought by many scholars to represent the feminine personification of God.  Many schools of thought considered Jesus of Nazareth to be the incarnation of Sophia/Wisdom. Below are excerpts from the Book of Proverbs describing Wisdom (taken from the contemporary translation of the Bible, called The Message).

In these passages we see Wisdom as woven into the very fabric of all Being, in the fabric of all existence both manifest and unmanifest, always there, always proactively seeking to guide and provide. This idea is echoed in the passage we considered last week, when Jesus told his followers he would send them a “counselor,” an “advocate,” the Spirit of Truth to be with them always—to abide within them—and teach them everything they need to know.

As you go about the business today of “tending God’s flock” in whatever ways present themselves, don’t forget that you can always call on Wisdom, you can always stop for just a moment, turn within and access this eternal wellspring of all good. Many, many blessings to each of you today as you go about the business of being God’s hands in your world.

1-4 Do you hear Lady Wisdom calling? Can you hear Madame Insight raising her voice? She’s taken her stand at First and Main, at the busiest intersection. Right in the city square where the traffic is thickest, she shouts, “You—I’m talking to all of you. 22-31“God sovereignly made me—the first, the basic—before anything else. I was brought into being a long time ago, well before Earth got its start . . .before [the] Ocean, before Mountains . . . . long before God stretched out Earth’s horizons and set the Sky firmly in place, I was there. . . .right there with God, making sure everything fit. Day after day I was there, with my joyful applause, always enjoying his company, delighted with the world of things and creatures, happily celebrating the human family. 32-36 “So, my dear friends, listen carefully; those who embrace my ways are most blessed. Mark a life of discipline and live wisely; don’t squander your precious life. Blessed the man, blessed the woman, who listens to me, awake and ready for me each morning, alert and responsive as I start my day’s work. When you find me, you find life, real life.

Proverbs 8:1-4; 22-36
Translation from The Message

This Sunday: Janet Ellis, an ordained Interfaith Minister, prison chaplain, and author of the newly published book, Wake Up, Break the Generational Cycle and Be Yourself! will speak. “There are two choices we have in how we would like to embrace our lives, says Janet, “asleep or awake—which do you choose?” Don’t miss this chance to be with your faith community and renew and recharge for the coming week!