The Wisdom of Ben Sira (Sirach)

Think

This week we begin reading the Wisdom of Ben Sira (also known in Greek as Sirach). deSilva notes, “…Ben Sira left behind a valuable body of reflections on providence and free will, prayer, temptation, forgiveness, and almsgiving, as well as the practical advice on how to succeed in ‘society’ that his students expected.” (p. 23) He also had poorer than average attitudes at the time toward women; viewing them as objects (“a liability to a man’s honor and peace of mind” p.24), rather than subjects in their own right.

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Pray

We’re reading Phillips Theological Seminary’s Advent devotional for our prayer time this advent. We’re already at Week 4, Love. How did we get here? Do we have love in our hearts? With the rush that inevitably surrounds much of Advent for many of us, how possible is it to get to a place of love? I am consistently challenged to remember that love is more about action than feeling. Of the Magnificat, Lisa Davison reminds us, “Mary sang her song, and the world changed. Will we follow her example, realizing that speaking God’s just love into an unjust world is dangerous? If we do this, lives will be turned upside down, including our own.”

How do you speak and show God’s love in the world?

Act

This week we begin Part 2,  “Managing Your Time,” Chapter 2, “How Successful People View (and Use) Time,” of The Lifelong Activist. The key insight for me: “…successful people control their time, while unsuccessful people let others control their time for them.”

Do you control your time or let others control your time for you?

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