Time with theÂ Children:Â On the lookout for Wisdom:
Today we are all going to be in church together so I need to ask for your help to get us started thinking about our theme for the dayâ€¦Wisdom. Itâ€™s a hard thing to understand but weâ€™re going to work at it today.
So letâ€™s think about this a bit: Do you know someone who is really brainyâ€¦who knows lots of facts, and always wins at those trivia games? Does that make them wise? Whatâ€™s the difference between knowing lots of facts and wisdom?
Really brainy people built the atomic bombâ€¦
Really brainy people set up the economic system we haveâ€¦
Really brainy people can figure out how to make warsâ€¦
WhatÂ Â makesÂ Â somethingÂ Â wise? Wisdom is for the common good, for the good of people and of creation. It isÂ Â forÂ Â theÂ Â goodÂ Â ofÂ Â community
Iâ€™m going to tell you a story from the time I was in Africa and I want you to tell me who was wise in the story.Â A few months before leaving Ghana, in Africa where I had been teaching in a school, John, who was my cook, took the tops of pineapples and planted them in the back yard of our house.Â Now I knew it took about 11/2 years to grow, and I would long be back in Canada, and my cook would be working somewhere else.Â I said â€œJohn, why are you planting those pineapples, you know we wonâ€™t be here when they are ready?â€Â He looked at me as if I were from another planet and said. â€œMissus. Gardens are for everybody.â€Â So who do you think was wise?
Â Today We are going to meet someone in the bible, called Wisdom, lady Wisdomâ€¦.In Hebrew called Hochmah. In Greek Sophiaâ€¦.So if you have the name sophie, or Sophiaâ€¦then you are named after this biblical character. And she was a very important character too, even if some of you have never heard of her.
This is a doâ€“it yourself sermon today.We are going to create it together. Weâ€™re going to find outÂ as much as we can about lady Wisdom today. So we need to look for clues in our bible so we all have to listen really carefully and think. Letâ€™s go on a Wisdom Quest to find out what we can.Â Â
Our first Clue is from Wisdom 7 #891 Voices United.
So what can we learn here:Â Â Â Â Â
Wisdom is holy light, everlasting light, the light of God. What does light do? -see in the darkâ€¦show you the wayâ€¦take away fearâ€¦help you see the difference between what is real and whatÂ Â isnâ€™tâ€¦..Holy light might help you to see the way God seesâ€¦.
This isnâ€™t some ordinary person is it? Itâ€™s more like a quality of God personified. In fact it would be pretty hard to find the line between God and wisdom isnâ€™t it. Itâ€™s almost like she is a facetÂ Â of God, one of the faces of God.Â Â Â Â Â
Wisdom is the mirror of the active power of God
the image of Godâ€™s goodnessâ€¦.
Wisdom makes all things new.
She enters into holy souls,
She Makes them God’s friends and God’s prophets We speakÂ Â Godâ€™s truths. We want to do things God would likeâ€¦.
When we make our home in Wisdom, we are close to Godâ€¦.
Wisdom is powerful and can defeat evil.Â Â
So letâ€™s look for another clue: This time in Proverbs.Â Â This is not a book of stories, but rather a book of sayings and teachings that help us learn to live. and Lady Wisdom figures prominently in it.Â Letâ€™s see if we can learn some more thingsÂ Â about her.
Read: Proverbs 8:1-4,22-36 So what can we learn?
Is lady wisdom just sitting up in the clouds, or on a throne someplace? No Wisdom is in the heart of the community/ at the crossroads, right at the busiest intersection in townâ€¦..And is she just sitting around watching life roll by?Â NO she is calling out to us, trying to reach us. Wisdom’s call is for all people. all humanity. What do you think she might be sayingÂ Â to us?
She was there at the very beginningâ€¦
Wisdom is the partner of God and rejoices in creation, inÂ Â theÂ Â human race.
Wisdom is playful..knows how to delight in life,
If we followÂ Â wisdom’s ways we find life….IfÂ Â we don’t we self-destruct.
OneÂ Â MoreÂ Â Clue:Â Â ProverbsÂ Â 1:20-25
Sheâ€™s not afraid of looking stupid to speak her truth.Â Â Â Â Â Standing at the busiest intersection.
Sheâ€™s calling us to turn our lives around.
Turn from ignorance
turn from cynicism
She doesnâ€™t like it when we donâ€™t pay attention
So our job is to figure out wisdom when we hear it. Where do we hear God’s wisdom Iâ€™m going to read you a couple of statements and ask you to tell me whether you hear wisdom in them.Â Â
Â “I’m the commander — see, I don’t need to explain — I do not need to explain why I say things. That’s theÂ Â interestingÂ Â thing about being president.” –as quoted in Bob Woodward’sÂ Â Bush at War
Â “The same folks that are bombing innocent people in Iraq were the ones who attacked us in America on September the 11th.”Â Â –Washington, D.C.,Â Â JulyÂ Â 12,Â Â 2007
Â “Oh, no, we’re not going to have any casualties.” –discussingÂ Â the Iraq war with Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson inÂ Â 2003, as quoted by Robertson
A strange thing has happened to modern peoples.Â In becoming literate they have lost the ability to read the world around them; in amassing so much learning, they are missing out on wisdom. A world that can read the word but not the world is in imminent danger. (David Adam Vicar of Holy Island)Â Â Â Â Â
Â In seeing to possess things we have lost out on wisdom. In making ourselves the centre of the world we have failed to see how important the rest of the world is to us.Â We are using short-term methods to our immediate advantage and that is not wise, for it is to the detriment of the future of our planet and all life upon it.Â Â (David Adam Vicar of Holy Island)Â Â Â Â Â
Â Frances Moore LappÃ©./Opening Note from Getting a Grip Clarity,Â Â creativity and courage in a world gone mad.
Â â€œIâ€™ve finally figured it out. I am not overwhelmed, depressed, confused, ,or bewildered by our world gone mad. Iâ€™m ready, Iâ€™m past ready.
I just want to go for it.
Why canâ€™t we have a nation â€“why canâ€™t we have a world weâ€™re proud of? Why canâ€™t we stop wringing our hands over poverty,Â Â hunger, species decimation, genocide, and death from incurable disease that we know is all needless?Â Â The truth is there is no reason we canâ€™t.
â€¦I realize that humanity has no excuses anymore.Â Â In the span of my own lifetime, both historical evidence and breakthrough in knowledge have wiped out all our excusesÂ Â We know that we know how to end this needless suffering and we have all the resources toÂ Â do it.Â Â From sociology and anthropology to economic, from education and ecology to systems analysisâ€¦theÂ Â evidence is in. We know what works.
No physical obstacle is stopping us.Â Â Nothing. The barrier is in our heads. We are creating this world gone mad, not because weâ€™re compelled to by some deep flaws in our nature and not because Nature itself is stingy and unforgiving, but because of ideas we hold.Â Â Ideas.â€