Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed. Proverbs 3:13-18
Word of Hope:
This scripture passage makes me think of grandparents and other elder relatives; the people in our lives who pass their wisdom on to us, if we are willing to take the time to listen to what they have to say. In my case, I have always been envious of people who had close relationships with their grandparents. When I was born, my mother’s father and my father’s mother had already died. Right around the time of my first birthday, my father’s father died. My mother’s mother lived until I was six, but spent the last years of her life in a nursing home, unable to communicate when I visited her with my mother. But I had contact with many aunts and uncles, as well as with my older siblings, who passed on bits of wisdom to me.
Whenever we visited with my mother’s siblings (she was one of fifteen!), there was so much laughter and story-telling. I learned from them the importance of humor, and the importance of being able to laugh at yourself. As a young girl, I wanted to learn to sew. I was having a difficult time learning from my mother; she was hovering over me and I felt tense and made a lot of mistakes. My oldest sister Patty brought me to her house, gave me instruction, and let me learn from my mistakes on her sewing machine. When I made mistakes, she patiently showed me how to pick out the wrong stitches and left me to correct the mistake on my own. When she thought I needed a break, she would call me into her kitchen and teach me something about cooking. I had so many pleasant times at her house, learning things in a peaceful, hands-on environment.
Later in life, I discovered that I could learn a tremendous amount by listening to older friends who had been through lots of life challenges. If they are willing to share what they learned from various situations, I am willing to listen. There are so many things I have learned this way; caring for people who are dying, how to manage my finances, how to recover from a broken relationship, the list goes on and on. It is always comforting to talk over a situation with someone who has already been through something similar. The wisdom one can gain from talking with someone with experience is invaluable.
Precious God, help me to remember that, sometimes, prayer is answered through the advice of those who are older and wiser than myself. Let me take the time to stop, listen, and reflect on the advice they have to give.
Cathedral of Hope Member