The proverbs of Solomon, King David’s son, from Israel:
Their purpose is to teach wisdom and discipline,
to help one understand wise sayings.
They provide insightful instruction,
which is righteous, just, and full of integrity.
They make the naive mature,
the young knowledgeable and discreet.
The wise hear them and grow in wisdom;
those with understanding gain guidance.
They help one understand proverbs and difficult sayings,
the words of the wise, and their puzzles.
Wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord,
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
today I was honored
to represent the Christian community
and pray with and for
the whole Bladen County School system.
O God, you are wisdom herself.
Speak through those who teach,
administer well through those who lead,
create a beautiful clean safe place of welcome
through those who care for buildings and grounds,
because learning starts at the time of the sun rise,
to the bus ride, to the welcome at school, to fields of play...
and open the minds of all students
that they may learn your wisdom
and discover with awe and wonder
the great diversity of your great works.
I'm reminded of a wise saying
my father, a biology professor, kept on his desk.
"Give a man a fish, feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime."
May we, all of us, united in sharing
your wisdom, your life skills,
that will sustain bodies, minds, communities, and indeed the world for good.