You can find me on Righteous Road—that’s where I walk—
at the intersection of Justice Avenue,
Handing out life to those who love me,
filling their arms with life—armloads of life! Proverbs 8:21 (The Message)
Go spend some time with The Message’s paraphrase of Proverbs 8:1-21. Go ahead, we’ll wait. I’ll be honest, I love a good proverb. In a world of gray, necessary gray to be sure, it is nice to soothe myself with a little black and white. Of course, it is best to hold Proverbs loosely. However, they are generally trustworthy when, and this is very important, we apply them to our own lives. Notice that in verses 4-5, it is wisdom shouting:
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,
everyone out here on the streets!
Listen, you idiots—learn good sense!
As much as I feel compelled to do so, especially at busy intersections, it is rarely my place to shout proverbs at others. But ohhhh boy, when I apply them to my own life and behavior, magic happens. God fills up my arms with life!
In our prayers: Sophie Brandt (recovering from hip surgery), Mark Stanford, Ron Pearson, Kelly Craig, Ruth Sells, Jolynn Spangler, Miriam McIlvaine
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