June 16, 2019
First Presbyterian Church, Sterling IL
Our scripture reading today is from the Book of Proverbs,
a selection from the wisdom literature of the Hebrew Scriptures
that reminds us of the wonder and mystery that is God.
Today is Trinity Sunday in the church year,
but I’m not preaching on the Trinity.
I’m preaching on wisdom, an attribute of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Wisdom as a woman, Sophia, in the Greek,
is often considered to be an expression of God, of the Holy Spirit.
The scripture we’ll read today is poetry,
and as such, needs to be heard and perceived like poetry.
Images and metaphors do more than “just say exactly what you mean.”
Poetry asks something more of us,
the willingness to let the images be, to see them and delight in them,
and to let their truth come to us as if we are hearing a song from a very distant place.
Let’s open our hearts to God’s wisdom in Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31:
Does not wisdom call, and does not understanding r…