“GREAT TRUTHS THAT ADULTS HAVE LEARNED: 1) Raising teenagers is like nailing Jello to a tree. 2) Wrinkles don’t hurt. 3) Families are like fudge…mostly sweet, with a few nuts. 4) Laughing is a good exercise. It’s like jogging on the inside.” Jello, teenagers and laughter. Yes, I have a memory. My middle school son plopped on the grass on his stomach and looked up at me. “Mom, I have decided when I am in ninth grade, I’m going to kiss a girl.” This was a kid, ready to tackle life, talented and well liked. My heart laughed at his enthusiasm for life. I replied, “Wow, Son, that’s great. Do you want to kiss me, I’m a girl? Do you want to kiss the dog, She’s a girl. Or will any ole girl do?” He of course looked at me and said, “Motherrrrrr” in that tone. I replied, “Just remember, Son, do not act in ways that you are not ready to be responsible for the outcomes of.” Proverbs 25 for today, v. 12 shares, “Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man’s rebuke to a listening ear.” I’m not sure my son thought of me as wise or like gold but the verse reminds me to reflect on rebukes, perhaps disagreements, to find the word of truth hidden inside. As we now debate loosening restrictions for sheltering and meeting together again, I reflect on this verse. I so want to see friends and be able to share and touch in person without fear, but Lord, help us to be wise and have our ears open. Help us to v.4 “Remove the dross from the silver, and out comes material for the silversmith”, be wise as we face the future.

I will post tomorrow’s service later today.

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