Walking in the Jesus Way: A Lenten Journey — Day Nineteen, Third Sunday


1 Corinthians 1:18-25, NRSV

For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
    and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

In our old(er) age,
the man continually surprises.
No fear of being the fool,
the clown,
the one who is child-like.

Wearing a costume
designed for a 4-year-old,
creating a staff tall
enough for a grandfather,
he enters in,
those kids he loves
and their parents, too.

Why do we fear being
seen as foolish?
The fools win out,

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  1. Hands down, Diana! The fool DOES win out. when he or she is a fool for Christ.

  2. Margie Bicknell says

    What a wonderful picture of Richard! And yes, wisdom and foolishness can really get together to make a wonderful Christian message.
    We are foolish and God is wise, oh how God must laugh at our foolishness, and then picks us up, shakes us up, and we surely gain bits of wisdom in the process…..sometimes.

    • I love that picture. It’s about three years old now, but it speaks to the best of who he is as he ages. And goodness gracious sakes, I hope we pick up a few bits of wisdom along the way!!!