June 7

Proverbs 8:22-31

 “then I was beside him, like a master worker; and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the human race.” vs. 30-31

Occasionally when we look closely at the foundational writings of our faith community we’re surprised at what we discover. For instance, many of us didn’t realize that in the Wisdom book of Proverbs the Lord is described as having had Sophia (Wisdom) as his female partner in the whole process of creation. She rejoiced in all that was done and took particular delight in the human race. Whether that insight appeals to us or not, it’s good to know that we aren’t held to any particular static or fixed notion of how things came to be. Each generation has had its own way of describing beginnings, and each new idea adds to the wonder and majesty of existence. This passage from Proverbs lets us know that humans are not inherently bad, as some religious folks are likely to tell us. We’ve been told for too long that we are “by nature sinful and unclean,” and that pessimistic attitude has led some to believe that our future prospects on this earth are dim. While it is true that we can periodically act as scoundrels and villains, the greater truth is that we are blessed with an enormous capacity for good. Our mother Sophia is delighted with who we are and who we can be!

Thought for the Day: How have my views of creation changed?

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