Ordinary 20

Vicar’s Reflection: 16 August 2015, OS 20

King Solomon asked God for wisdom in our Old Testament reading today. The writer to the Ephesians urged his readers to live with wisdom, and Jesus invited those to whom he spoke to find their life in him. Wisdom and life, or perhaps wisdom for life is our theme today. Wisdom is what enables us to make the right decisions at the right time. Wisdom comes with experience, which is another way of saying that sometimes you need to make a lot of wrong decisions before you have the experience and wisdom to make right decisions. The Spanish philosopher George Santayana formulated this bit of wisdom: ‘Those who do not learn from the mistakes of the past are condemned to repeat them.’ So as we seek wisdom in this time of challenge and of crisis for the church it is important that we review where we have come from; that we understand how we have arrived at this point before we make plans for the future. We can learn from and adapt the serenity prayer used by AA: “Lord, grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” A good prayer to use as we prepare for the Parish Financial Review Meeting on Sunday 30 August after the 10am service.

Alex Czerwonka

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