Sunday Thoughts ~ Wisdom

“Wisdom has its root in goodness.” ~  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good Sunday morning beautiful souls.  I do hope this finds you well and under blue skies this morning.

Today, I want to share some thoughts about wisdom.  Wisdom is something I feel we all seek, at least I do.  Especially, when I offer assistance to someone in need or when I am making a decision for my own life.  I always pray for wisdom to say or do the right thing.  Perhaps, that is what C.S. Lewis meant when he referred to “…patches of God light in the woods of experience.”  I believe he knew we are all walking through “the woods of experience.” And, when I know I have done or said something correctly in a matter of importance, it is a “patch of God light” for me.   Truly, Divine wisdom bestowed upon me. 

Some time ago, a dear friend introduced me to the writings of a wonderful man, Steven Charleston.  You may or may not be familiar with him, so I will share some information about him and his life. 

Steven Charleston was born and raised in Oklahoma.  He is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, a Native American elder, and retired Episcopal Bishop of Alaska.   Additionally, he received his BA from Trinity College, his M.Div. from Episcopal Divinity School, and DDs from Alaska Pacific University and Trinity College. He has served as Executive Director of the National Committee on Indian Work at the Episcopal Church Center; Director of the Dakota Leadership program, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Creator, and Director of Cross-Cultural Studies at Luther-Northwestern Theological Seminary;  and Chaplain, Trinity College.  He also served as President of Episcopal Divinity School, as well as a professor of Theology. 

This man is not only well educated, but he is also so inspiring with great wisdom. And, his writings always hold both.  Therefore, I thought I would share one of his recent posts from Facebook (see my note at the end of this post).  It certainly speaks to our times and I do believe will provide a few moments of thought. 

“We are in a time of awakening. …  We are waking up. It is not easy, but we are waking up. We are becoming alert to the fault lines that have made our culture more fragile than we imagined. We are seeing the injustice, the inequality, and the pain. We are waking up to the result of past mistakes come back to confront us with climate change. We are living between flood and fire. Now we are engaged in a great process of political change. We are opening our eyes to the end of chaos and the beginning of renewal. Even if we are not sure where we will go next, we are spiritually more aware than we have been in a very long time. The awakening has begun.” ~ Steven Charleston

Dear friends, thank you for your visit.  

Have a beautiful and peaceful day.

And, a lovely week ahead.  Stay well.

“Wisdom teaches: the fruits of silence; the blessings of health; the rewards of self-discipline; the satisfaction of achievement; the responsibility of power; the beauty of nature; the miracle of love; the meaning of friendship; the privilege of prayer; the power of faith; the joy of sharing; the treasure of integrity.” ~ William Arthur Ward






Note:  Steven Charleston posts a daily meditation on his Facebook page.

Images: via tumblr







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1 year ago

What a beautiful post!
Have a blessed Sunday! Hugs,dear Sandra!

1 year ago

Wisdom is something I pray about, too, for my family members and for those who lead us in government. If we are indeed “waking up” I hope that wisdom prevails. Steven Charleston sounds like a wise man.

Rita C at Panoply
1 year ago

I sure hope it is the end of chaos and beginning of renewal. Thanks for the reference of Steven Charleston. I will look him up. We could all use more wisdom, especially now. Happy Fall, Sandra.

bonnie morgan
1 year ago

I would love to be walking down the road in your first picture. So beautiful!
Lovely quotes and images as always.

Penny Carlson
Penny Carlson
1 year ago

He words do speak to today. Have a great week!

Pam Richardson
1 year ago

That first image draws me in. Wisdom is so needed not just now, but always. Thank you for sharing Steven Charleston. I will check him out on Facebook. Wishing you and Michael a lovely Sunday. It was in the fifties here this morning!

1 year ago

I’m not sure you could have a more timely post for these challenging days. I love the thought of an awakening and I think he is right. We have finally begun to realize that things we have “put up with” must be dealt with as benign passivity will lead only to more significant problems. There is much food for thought here — thank you.

Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
1 year ago

Sandra, that first picture is gorgeous. It looks like such a beautiful place to spend an autumn day. I’ve lived in Oklahoma my whole life, but I’ve never heard of Steven Charleston. I’ll have to check his writings out. Take care and have a wonderful week, sweet friend!

Linda, near Seattle
Linda, near Seattle
1 year ago

A blessing for me! Thank you for your beautiful words.

1 year ago

Sandra, I love this post. Wisdom is something I pray for regularly, not just for me, my family and friends, but also for our leaders. I do hope that we as a society are “waking up.” Thank you for introducing us to Steven Charleston. I will look him up. We could all use more wisdom!! Happy Fall, Sandra.

Dolores Velasco
1 year ago

Querida amiga, qué belleza !! que maravilla de mensajes que nos regalas en este día y en todos estos días que cada uno que pasa nos deja una sorpresa a veces no muy agradable. En estos momentos mundiales de tanta inseguridad por este virus que nos machaca es muy necesario poder leer las palabras de seres tan sabios como los que nos muestras. No conocía a Steve Charleston pero tu reseña de sus palabras y pensamientos me parecen altamente necesarias y aún más en estos momentos de tanta confusión y, por qué no decirlo, de tanta incredulidad e indiferencia hacia… Read more »