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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

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The Supreme Guide

We have spent time over the last two weeks reflecting on how one might rely on Wisdom when confronted with the conflict between good and evil, the shadowy line between willingness and willfulness. Today we are given a manual with which to navigate the difficulties of life. This manual describes Wisdom, the Supreme Guide.

On the way of wisdom I direct you, I lead you on straightforward paths.

Hold fast to instruction, never let her go; keep her, for she is your life.

With closest custody, guard your heart, for in it are the sources of life.

Put away from you dishonest talk, deceitful speech put far from you.

Let your eyes look straight ahead and your glance be directly forward.

Survey the path at your feet, and let all your ways be sure.

Turn neither to the right nor to left, keep your foot from evil.

When we find ourselves hiding information from others, when we dart sideways glances at one another, when we enter into relationships by holding ourselves away from any true commitment, when God is at the end of the list of friends whose advice we seek, we can turn again to this manual for living. We can take these verses into our hearts.

To my words, be attentive, to my sayings incline your ear; let them not slip out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them, to one’s whole being they are health. 

Adapted from a reflection written on July 25, 2009.

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