I just came in from my morning walk.
My devotions led me to this.
The lections this week are a challenge.
So are the elections but that is a different story.
This week the common thread has to do with being a teacher.
Not the school type as gloriously heroic as they are.
This is different.
This is for the type teacher who we call preacher - or maybe “witness” - in my neck of the woods.
For example, you aren’t to say much.
Preferably you aren’t to say anything.
That’s hard for a teacher.
It is also the most blessed lesson when it is practiced.
1. You don’t want to say the right thing in the wrong way.
2. You don’t want to say the wrong thing.,.even in the right way.
But if you have to choose, go with number 2.
It just might say more about what is really to be learned.
So be kind.
Then, you are quite likely to be heard.
There is a line in the Book I read that says “let your gentleness be known to all.”
Not so much.
Then, if you speak an error now and then it will be forgiven.
And the lesson is strong.
A peace that passes understanding.
A joy that is divine.
As our Friend and I walked along I was asking about what to say. He seemed far more focused on what to be. Then he smiled at me the way he does and said…
“To be is the basis of all verbs.”