Proverbs 22:1-2,8-9,22-23 v “The rich and the poor have this in common the Lord is the maker of them all.”

In the chosen verses from Proverbs 22, good qualities are paired with opposite qualities. Several of the good qualities refer to the rich and the poor. In v 1″Respect is better than silver or gold.” The terms used are easily understood even in todays language. v 17 Open your ears and hear the words of wise people, and set our mind on the knowledge I give you.”

Today my husband and I were talking about how are grandchildren are being raised. How they learn from interactions with people of all ages. They learn from their peer group, as toddlers to walk and run, at school to share and how to line up. From older siblings and cousins, playing tag together, hide and seek, and listening to each others dreams. From parents, aunts and uncles, they learn how to garden, to work together to prepare a large meal for the extended family. Finally from grandparents to eat candy, tell stories of travel to distant countries, and fishing trips . The combined wisdom of all the generations building a new person and all made from the one Lord.

v 6 “Train a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old he will not turn away from it.”

As children grow so our spiritual self must grow, starting from the scriptures, and adding the wisdom of the young and old we meet around us.

Prayer: Holy Father thank you for making us all and giving us first your word, then our extended family to help at all times. Amen.

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