speaking wisdom

“There is neither happiness nor misery in the world;
there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more.
He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness.
We must have felt what it is to die, Morrel,
that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.
” Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart,
and never forget, that until the day God will deign to reveal
the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these two words,
‘Wait and Hope.”

Alexandre Dumas


(late afternoon in Northwest Georgia / Julie Cook / 2017)

Hear this, all you peoples;
listen, all who live in this world,
both low and high,
rich and poor alike:
My mouth will speak words of wisdom;
the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.

I will turn my ear to a proverb;
with the harp I will expound my riddle:

Why should I fear when evil days come,
when wicked deceivers surround me—
those who trust in their wealth
and boast of their great riches?

No one can redeem the life of another
or give to God a ransom for them—
the ransom for a life is costly,
no payment is ever enough—
so that they should live on forever
and not see decay.

For all can see that the wise die,
that the foolish and the senseless also perish,
leaving their wealth to others.

Their tombs will remain their houses forever,
their dwellings for endless generations,
though they had named lands after themselves.

People, despite their wealth, do not endure;
they are like the beasts that perish.
This is the fate of those who trust in themselves,
and of their followers, who approve their sayings.

They are like sheep and are destined to die;
death will be their shepherd
(but the upright will prevail over them in the morning).
Their forms will decay in the grave,
far from their princely mansions.

Psalm 49:1-14

9 comments on “speaking wisdom

  1. @vapor_sage says:

    Good Morning, Julie, I must constantly be reminded as I find myself attracted to the foolish ways.
    I grateful for your posts. Thank you

  2. Dawn Marie says:

    Ahhh, a nice reminder. I love the falling leaf which accompanies these wise reminders…falling, falling, in reverent contemplation. 😌

  3. Wait and hope…two words that taken together stir such joy and gratitude at this time of year! You are amazing, Julie! Thank you. ❤

  4. Lynda says:

    I look at the sky and experience God no matter what the day is like. Your photo indicates such a beautiful blue sky that I can imagine God smiling through that clarity. Blessings.

  5. oneta hayes says:

    The grave – the lot in life for those who know not that “the upright will prevail over them in the morning.” Wait, hope. Happy Thanksgiving to you.

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