The best wisdom on prayers for help comes from experience and honesty. Prayer engages with mystery, so it’s not a process anyone can control. Some who try it soon feel let down. Others learn to value it.
Wisdom matters. It changes life for the better, helping us flourish in work and relationships. The wise make peace with their circumstances and who they are, lessening trauma. Opportunities to enhance their environment animate them. They express care for human welfare, reducing poverty of various kinds.
The secrets of happiness are open to all. Yet we don’t always practice them. Even if we do, a happy life isn’t guaranteed. But wisdom offers help. If we engage with it, we’re likely to flourish and taste delight.
Easter and spring work well together. Both speak of rebirth or renewal, perhaps the revival of a passion that’s begun to flag. And some see Easter solely in terms of renewed motivation or spirituality. Yet the Bible goes further. It claims that God raised a dead man to life, and so changed every person’s potential. While this takes some believing, wisdom for renewal remains relevant.
Every day people face anxiety. Add in fears around Covid-19 and they may feel overwhelmed. And like a virus, anxiety is catching. Without meaning to, we pass it on to family members. It circulates within society. It generates fake news and can lead to an alarmist outlook. So, anxious times call for wisdom.
People express love on Valentine’s Day in ways that blend heartfelt, serious and playful feelings. In recent years, consumer demand has moved away from an exclusive focus on couples. Thus, in addition to the romantically involved, children, parents and good friends can treat each other on February 14th.
New Year, new opportunities. As one door closes, another opens. We look back and review, but January may also be a month for embracing change. The skills and learning we’ve gradually developed and the current structure of our lives may suit us well. Yet expanding our horizons or taking up a new challenge can stretch and enrich us.
Edwardian churches needed money. Collections at All Saints, Lullington, Derbyshire raised the equivalent of around £6,500 a year. Nearly a third of this went to charities in England and overseas. Money which the church kept for its own use met ordinary expenditure but was not sufficient for major repairs to the building. So the Vicar, mindful that a new heating system would cost the equivalent of £13,000, motivated the lady of the manor and local farmers to hold a summer fete.