Long ago, God spoke Wisdom through prophets
of all faiths: God still appears as Wisdom today—
a modern miracle to prepare us for Communion
[Sunday, September 17, 2006. First Congregational United Church of Christ, Open & Affirming, Santa Rosa, CA. custodia iphone 8 ricarica Rev. Bob Cramer, Eucharistic Minister.]
Last Sunday, I told you the story of my niece who—quite without any prompting by any mystical faith—underwent a complicated cochlear-implant operation as her last hope for returning from total deafness into a life graced by at least some recognition of sound.
Sherry’s faith in her surgeon, one of the world’s most respected, is very deep. I have met Dr. Roberson and I understand how she trusted him to end her almost four-decade battle with deafness.
And I said I have faith in Sherry’s sheer gumption, which to me is a manifestation of the divine spark in all humans who are open to seeing and nurturing it. I wrote, “I know that no matter what develops”—because last Sunday she still did not know if she would regain some hearing—”her spirit is the spark of God.” Sophia.
From last Sunday until last Friday morning, I wondered what I would tell you this morning. Had the operation failed, I knew she would keep right on keeping on as she always has. If there had been any measure of success at all, I’d report that with joy.
Now I can report that the operation was an overwhelming success!
Sherry not only can detect a lot of sound, she already can understand some of it even though the digitized version sent to her brain began, last week, by everyone sounding like chipmunks or Minnie Mouse. Sherry talked to her parents in Georgia and for the first time in her life detected the deep growl in my brother’s speech after partial paralysis of his vocal cords by childhood polio!
She has much learning to do, of course, but so do I—God is speaking to me much more powerfully than I’d ever imagined. My faith is growing even more rapidly than my body-wide rheumatism!
The gospel lesson for today didn’t fit my exuberant mood and my reflection on how God speaks; but the ancient Hebrew Wisdom of Solomon, today’s first reading, does, and there is more.
In the time of Jesus and Paul many imagined God among us as Sophia/Wisdom, another way of saying ‘Christ’. custodia iphone 6 elephant
“For she is a reflection of eternal light, a spotless mirror of the working of God, and an image of God’s goodness. custodia iphone 6 strass Although she is but one, she can do all things; and while remaining in herself, she renews all things; in every generation she passes into human souls and makes them friends of God, and prophets; for God loves nothing so much as the person who lives with wisdom.
“She is more beautiful than the sun, and excels every constellation of the stars. custodia iphone 6 dorata Compared with the light she is found superior, for it is succeeded by the night, but against wisdom evil does not prevail. She reaches mightily from one end of the earth to the other, and she orders all things well.” -–WisSol 7:26-8:1.
Another book honoring Solomon, but written much later by a Syrian around 100 CE, is the first Christian hymnbook. One passage reminds me of Sherry’s special Sophia-tradition divine spark:
“Surrounded on every side by the beauty of open country, one is free of doubt. Below is like above. Everything is above. Below is nothing, but the ignorant think they see.
“Now you know grace. It is for your salvation. iphone 6 custodia 360 Believe and live and be saved. Hallelujah!” Odes of Solomon 34.
Today there is a popular, open monastic Iona Community off the coast of Scotland.