Praying for Wisdom–A Great Lady

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Does anyone pray for wisdom anymore? We give lip service to it, reading Proverbs and noting how wisdom is valued, although Proverbs have the tendency to make me want to jump up and slosh gin into a paper cup. They remind me of the stodgy and judgmental morality of Pinnochio, which I loathed as a child. If you are Catholic, you will hear readings from Sirach, one of the Wisdom Books.

Interestingly enough, Wisdom, in the Bible, is seen as feminine and is seen as someone who was present from the creation of the world. In Sirach we read, “Before all things wisdom was created…Who knows her subtleties?” And further on, “From the mouth of the Most High I came forth, and mistlike covered the earth.”

I find it revolutionary, comforting, and inspiring to imagine a rather large woman draped in purple, dancing on the new green plains of earth. Perhaps when God sang the earth into being, She sang back–in a higher, lighter tone.

For those of us who seek the feminine spirit in God and are quenched by the somber masculinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, to see Wisdom in all of her feminine self is a relief. Ah, you might say, here is someone I can identify with; here is a lap I can climb onto, a soft chest I can lean against, a being who understands what it is to be female. Of course, if you are Catholic, you also have the marvelous refuge of Mary.

So, on this Good Friday–a sere, bare-bones day of suffering which always makes me want to skip over it and go straight to the celebration of Easter with a baked ham, too many cousins, and an egg hunt–I hear the wind buffeting the house, see the birds being blown off course, and catch the white glare from the ever-present snow.

As I pray for wisdom on this day, asking for guidance and the sense to recognize wise words, here is what rises up inside:

Do less and be more.

You will not have easy answers, nor will you have quick answers.

It is not your job to transform yourself; it is your job to let me transform you.

I think this is about as much wisdom as I can handle on an icy day with few signs of spring outside. But inside?

Shoots springing up in my heart.

New ideas coming to life in my mind.

Grace settling like a warm scarf over my shoulders.

And the knowledge that, as Richard Rohr says, “There is never a time when God is not loving you.”

Thank you, madam Wisdom.

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