I have been going to church intermittently since I mentioned it here. It has been well worth it. The minister is phenomenal – young, very smart, well read and well educated. He has a diplomacy that will take him far in his calling.
The Bible reading on a recent Sunday was Proverbs 1:20-33. Wow, what a “smack upside the head” choice. Humor me and read on… the preface in the church program said, “ Wisdom is personified, as a woman. In places in this book she is called Lady Wisdom. She tells those who have refused to listen to her advice that they will be without resources when disaster strikes. They will be punished severely at the end of time.”
Wisdom cries out in the street; in the squares she raises her voice. At the busiest corner she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools knowledge? Give heed to my reproof; I will pour out my thoughts to you; I will make my words known to you.
Because I have called and you refused, have stretched out my hand and no one heeded, and because you have ignored all my counsel and would have none of my reproof, I will also laugh at your calamity; I will mock when panic strikes you, when panic strikes you like a storm, and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you.
Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but will not find me. Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD, would have none of my counsel, and despised all my reproof, therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way and be sated with their own devices. For waywardness kills the simple, and the complacency of fools destroys them; but those who listen to me will be secure and will live at ease, without dread of disaster.Proverbs 1:20-33
Powerful words. It took my breath away. I was sitting with my church friend and we looked at each other. “Wow”.
The minister begins his sermon talking about the Covid outbreak in his extended family and how one has died. He said he was feeling sad, angry and worn-out from the pandemic. Then he launched into a great sermon.
They baptized a baby and it was such a joy to witness. I had tears the entire service. I was so moved by it all. We closed with “How Great Thou Are”. I need to bring tissues next time. I am not a religious person, but this minister is really hitting all the right notes to stir my soul. Amen.