Young Solomon prayed, “Lord, you have made me the king, but I do not know how to act… Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart, so that I can judge right from wrong.”
St. Paul declared: “All things work for the good of those who love God.” Romans 8:28.
The treasure buried in the field, the pearl of great price: Wisdom. Sharing the divine mind. Understanding life. Knowing what to do and what not to do. Standing firm in the truth. The peace that passes all understanding. Union with God.
The wise person prays. The wise person begs God for help all the time. As Socrates had it, to be wise is to know that I don’t know anything. Compared to God, I don’t know much. I don’t understand much at all, compared to God. So let me pray like a madman.
By the same token: The praying person demonstrates great wisdom already, because to believe in God is the wisest act of the human mind. No thought, no knowledge, no Sherlock-Holmesian deduction can touch a more solid, a more sublime truth than the Truth we touch by simple faith.
And this all-encompassing Truth which we touch by faith: He became man to show us how good, and how kind, and how loving He is.
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After King David slew Goliath (1 Samuel 17), he did not get killed in his next battle (1 Samuel 18:14).
Can any of us football fans ever forget the thrill of February 3, 2008? Goliath fell, hit by a rock from a little sling.
We Redskins fans should not, therefore, expect two miracles in a row in New York Giants’ games. Let us resolve to be happy if the season opener Thursday evening is a solid effort.
Dan Snyder beat Senator McCain to the punch by eight months: The Redskins owner made a bold move that looks toward a beautiful long-term future before the Republican nominee ever thought of any governor of Alaska. Our beloved owner deserves credit for this, loathe as anyone is to give him credit for anything.
Let us hope that Coach Zorn fulfills the promise. Even though I have no idea what I am talking about (like many football fans), allow me to opine on the art of coaching: In the end, being a successful coach is a matter of bigness and nobility of character. Everybody has the “science” of football; spiritual leadership is what makes the difference. (Talented players, of course, do not hurt–but there are plenty of talented Redskins.) If Jim Zorn is half as big a man as Joe Gibbs is, if he can be half the spiritual leader Joe Gibbs was, then the future is very bright. If not…well, it is not a pretty scenario.
If you are reading, coach, here is some advice from someone who certainly has no right to offer any. Meditate on this moment from last season: The Patriots had just shellacked the Redskins. It was an embarrassment of historic proportions. As everyone left the field, reporters hounded the head coach for a comment: “Who’s to blame?” At one of the lowest moments of his life, at a moment when most men would grasp at every straw in the cup to find someone or something else to complain about, Joe Gibbs calmly said, “There is plenty of blame to go around, but it begins with me.”