Wisdom Found

 In Reflections

“We have such a long way to go,” sighed the boy. “Yes, but look how far we’ve come,” said the horse. — Charlie Mackesy, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse.

I received the most delightful surprise for Christmas: The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy. Disguised as a children’s book, it is filled with wisdom like the quote above.

Sure, I already ‘know’ most of what these wise characters say, but it felt like finding a beloved treasure I had forgotten about to re-experience this wisdom in this unique way.

Perhaps one of the best treasures offered in this book — for the times we’re living in — is “One of our greatest freedoms is how we react to things.” (wisdom offered to the boy by the mole)

Another treasure found was learning about Women’s Christmas (January 6th) from Jan Richardson and her free retreat materials to help us make the most of the day. (See below for details).

And wisdom I eagerly anticipate receiving comes next week with our conversation with Pastor John Garland on how praying and singing the Psalms helps heal trauma.

Like steppingstones carrying us forward in 2021, may wisdom find you in delightfully surprising ways and may it ease your journey through this year.


On Wednesday, January 6th, may you pause to celebrate the wise men and women in your life and invite the Divine to journey with you in 2021. While this prayer and day reflect a Christian tradition, we invite you to make it your own:
“God of all times and places, we move into this new year as travelers seeking the shelter of your presence in all our comings and goings. Like the magi we move from familiar surroundings, crossing borders to enter unknown times and places…
Assure us that we do not travel alone. Guide us through stretches of desert to the oasis of your love. Shine your Light on our path, showing us the way to those who sit in darkness.”
— Sharlande Sledge, excerpt from Seeking, a Prayer for Epiphany found in Prayers & Litanies for the Christian Season by Sharlande Sledge.
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