Sermons from St. Matthew's Episcopal Church:
Aug 15, 2021 |
Give Your Servant Wisdom| The Rev. Linda Spiers
Give Your Servant Wisdom
In 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14, we hear the story of God coming to Solomon in a dream and saying, "Ask what I should give you." Solomon replied, "Give your servant an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil." Of all the things of earth Solomon asked for wisdom. There are so many ways for us to look for wisdom--in Holy Scripture (both Hebrew Scriptures and the Gospels), in the experiences of life, in the quiet times with God in reflection and prayer, in listening to the voices of those around us. Experiments such as The Human Library can open our hearts and minds to others who are so different from us while giving us a chance to see how we might not be so different. The Human Library began in Denmark and is an event hosted by librarians where one can check out a human book--a human being for a period of 30 minutes to be in conversation asking questions about the individual's uniqueness. It's a modern day version of gaining wisdom to break down walls and build relationships--wisdom that opens eyes and hearts to the wideness of God's creation. Be aware of the many and varied ways to seek understanding of God's wisdom.