“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.
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