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by David Jordan

Skillful Living

Teresa of Avila once prayed:

Govern everything by your wisdom, O Lord, so that my soul may always be serving you in the way you will.

Wisdom for the ancient people of the Middle East, had very much to do with “skillful living.” That was the better translation for the Hebrew understanding. Not learning a bunch of facts and impressing people with profound knowledge, but practicing a life that works as God intended. To live skillfully, interacting with people and the world in a way that was graceful, calm, generous, kind and compassionate.

As we share together in this Lenten journey, let us continue this ancient quest. May your journey this week be wise, one of living skillfully together with the world you encounter and the people who encounter you. In this way, our souls will be serving God as Teresa of Avila so hopefully prayed. May it be so. Amen.


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