September 24-A, 2022

Around Bass Lake 04 10-12-2014 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
When Jesus said,
"Wisdom is known by her children,"
he is saying,
"Time will tell."

The way we read and respond to
the situation as it arises
will be validated or invalidated in time.
And that will inform
how we read and respond to
similar situations in the future.

We learn from experience 
only when we reflect on experience
to the point of new realizations.
We have to do the math.
Connect the dots.
Make the connections.
In order to see better what we look at,
and know better what to do 
in response to what we see.

Jesus did not possess anything we don't have.
He processed what he experienced
in light of his sense 
of how things needed to be.

His measure of compassion
and his sense of justice
allowed him to take the side of the poor
in calling for people 
to "do unto others
as you would have them do unto you,"
and in saying,
"In as much as you have done it,
or failed to do it,
to the least of my brothers and sisters,
you have done it, 
or failed to do it,
unto me."

Experience read right in the light of time
corrects us all,
and puts us on track
to live well 
in the time left for living.

May it be so for each of us
all the way along the way!

Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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