Gathered Wisdom, May 10, 2022

A weekly curated collection of essays, poetry, and reflections for your spiritual journey.  From The Wisdom Years.

You dream a little broader. Your heart stretches a little farther and you find that you can’t go back to the same place and make it fit …. And then it happens: One day you discover that staying the same is scary and changing has become your new home.

-Shannon L. Alder, The Recovery Bible
Found in Well for the Journey

Exploring Sophia/Seeking Wisdom
Now on our Website

Wisdom literature of the Bible is unlike other scripture: rather than God speaking directly to God’s people, wisdom literature is the voice of God’s people speaking to all of us. In wisdom literature we are given advice and instruction on how to live godly lives. For those who cannot join our Zoom gatherings for the study, we are posting all the readings, reflection questions, and practices on our website.  The format is designed for individual or congregational study.

For the details:
Exploring Sophia/Seeking Wisdom.

Angels with Sickles and God’s Fury

Does God get angry with us?? No, says Fr. Ron Rolheiser. What we are feeling when we think God is angry is our own remorse at having done something wrong. We are to take scripture seriously but not always literally. 

Read the reflection.

About Ron Rolheiser.

Living In Suspense 

Suspense can be “a time of waiting for something to happen with the uncertainly about what is next, times when we are doubtful or undecided, circumstances that leave us anxious or apprehensive about what will or will not happen,” says the Rev. Mike Marsh in a recent sermon.  “They are times of ambiguity and not knowing. We feel ungrounded and untethered. Our life is suspended, on hold, in limbo.”

Read the sermon.

From Interrupting the Silence, the blog of the Rev. Mike Marsh. 

17 Things I Would Do Differently If I Were Fully Convinced I’m Going to Die

If you knew you were going to die – and we all will – what would you do differently from what you have been doing all your life? Author Eric Jones offers his thoughts, which might make you consider your own thoughts.

Read the essay.

From Daily Good.

A Renewed and Guileless Knowing

In writing about Thomas, the disciple we best remember for his doubting of the resurrection, Brother Sean Glenn reminds us that it is our own encounters with the risen Christ – not the dogma and doctrine of religion – that solidifies our faith.

Read the reflection.

From Society of St. John the Evangelist.

Aging in Place – a New Resource on our Website

Nearly 80 percent of adults ages 50 and older want to remain in their current homes as they age, according to AARP. But is that possible? And practical? A new resource from Retiring Guide looks at the obstacles and the benefits of staying in your own home as you age.

Find the guide on our Reflections and Resources page.
(Scroll to the bottom.)

From Retire Guide.

Gathered Wisdom is an offering of The Wisdom Years, a ministry devoted to the spiritual journey of the last third of our lives.

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