When my sister and I were both at primary school we had to have our name sewn into all of our clothes. My mum ordered some embroidered name tapes and patiently sewed them into all of our clothes.
In order to reduce the cost of the order for so many name tapes mum had the brilliant idea of putting my sister’s initial before the surname and mine afterwards. That way, for my sister’s name tapes all she had to do was fold over my initial, and for mine she just had to fold over my sister’s initial. Sneaky! The name tapes read:
H LEAR N
What that meant, however, was that in all of my clothes there was a subliminal message]
or, if you still don’t see it, LEARN. In everything I wore was the injunction / encouragement to learn.
On reflection that wasn’t a bad thing to have in my school clothes.
And on further reflection perhaps I could still do with that reminder today… may we never stop learning!
These are the words in the introduction to the book of Proverbs.
The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
2 for gaining wisdom and instruction;
for understanding words of insight;
3 for receiving instruction in prudent behaviour,
doing what is right and just and fair;
4 for giving prudence to those who are simple,
knowledge and discretion to the young –
5 let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance –
6 for understanding proverbs and parables,
the sayings and riddles of the wise.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Be blessed, be a blessing