Sixth Month 1

As Light Is Sown

My son [child], keep your father’s commands
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
Bind them upon your heart forever;
fasten them around your neck  … – Proverbs 6:20 -22 (NIV)

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What a curious gender dynamic! In this description, a father shapes, while a mother tutors. Commands are more remote than teaching; one is more interactive and perhaps even more caring. Either way, the principles and lessons are to be rooted in our hearts, rather than our minds, yet at hand as well.

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These days, the Society of Friends is largely a camp of religious refugees. Sometimes I look around and wonder, What do we, as a body, teach? We need to assess ourselves, candidly. What do we, as members, have in common? Too often, it seems that about all that’s held in common is resentment of hurts in our past. That does not…

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