Proverbs 8:30-31: 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.
Reflection: Maye and I bought our first home in 1984. The home was built on a triangle lot. Two neighborhood streets hugged the boundary lines of our home, one the front yard, the other the backyard. We had a playground in the backyard of our home that Aaron and Christina played in. We were concerned that they would wander off onto a busy street while playing in the backyard, so we decided to build a fence to keep them safe from traffic.
Aaron was old three years old at that time and he helped me build a cedar fence around the backyard. It was fun to build the fence with Aaron. I enjoyed watching him carry the cedar planks, nail the planks, and help me with the spacing measurements. My brother built his home behind mine and still lives there. Every time I visit my brother, I see the 35-year-old fence Aaron and I built still standing and I remember the times we worked on it together, side by side, building it.
Wisdom, in this morning’s lectionary reading, is personified as a child of God created as one of his first acts at the beginning of creation, long ago, before the beginning of the earth, before the water was brought forth, the hills shaped, or the heavens established. The presence of wisdom working alongside God to bring about the created order is delightful to God, her father.
God delights in us, as I delighted in Aaron, when we come beside him as his children to work alongside God to help build a new world together, through Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit that is filled with hope, joy, and peace.
Prayer: Fill us with a holy desire to work alongside of you – God, Son, and Holy Spirit – to help create a world filled with hope, joy, and peace for your glory. Amen.