Wisdom has built her house;
she has set up its seven pillars.
2 She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine;
she has also set her table.
3 She has sent out her servants, and she calls
from the highest point of the city,
4 “Let all who are simple come to my house!”
To those who have no sense she says,
5 “Come, eat my food
and drink the wine I have mixed.
6 Leave your simple ways and you will live;
walk in the way of insight.”
I read these words from Proverbs Saturday morning and started thinking about how I communicate with others. It still wasn't a good day for that -- so many cross conversations! As a mother, I do need bella sophia, beautiful wisdom, in the atmosphere of my home. How am I nurturing my own children? I've got so much to learn and do. As a writer, I try to set the table on my blogs with a variety of articles, some serious, some practical, some aesthetic, some light-hearted. As an English teacher, too, I see the need to reach the hearts and minds of each of my students. Lesson planning takes effort, but it's worth it. Yes, I teach grammar and spelling, but most of all, through the literature, writing, music and art appreciation that I plan each week, I try to impart wisdom for life. After reading in Proverbs 9, I'll now try to think of it as preparing the feast and setting the table -- with enough substance to sustain them and enough delight to capture their hearts for the truth. What do you think about this?
P.S. I borrowed the table photo from my post Weekend Gratitude: Welcoming Touches. (Many thanks to my friend Judy, who hosted our Dinner with Friends feast two weeks ago!)