The other day, around the table at our favorite “watering hole”, we had a good old fashion Wismer family animated conversation.  It was more fun because we tagged teamed – three against one. We did not get asked to cash out or vacate the premises but from some of the looks, it might have come close. The Wismer, who is an expert in all things, has a way of riling up the conversation and might I say rather enjoys the role and reactions. He/she (I’m sworn to secrecy) believes it to be a gift. Neither side wins, unless you’re on the antagonist side who believes she/he wins and unabashedly declares “down goes Frasier.”  The topic of our conversation was interesting but it is actually not pertinent to the thought in my brain. I was reminded by the conversation, there is unknown, unknowns. I realized I actually don’t know very much and surely I don’t know what I don’t know. So, I wonder how those unknowns challenge my assumptions and impacts my communication.  This is applicable because as another day passes (I think it is day 34 of the war) I realize I have limited knowledge about what is strategically, tactically, militarily and politically occurring. American humorist Will Rogers once poked fun at the antics of  politicians and commented on other recent news stories by saying: “Well, all I know is what I read in the papers” and I’ll add or watch on the news or see on the internet or experience on social media. Who I listen to or read influences how I interpret the little I know and more deeply it probably influences how I perceive the unknown, unknowns as they appear in my consciousness and become known. I can say with the greatest confidence, there is a better way than war. I’m going to try to stop talking so much and be more open to listening. I might learn a few things about unknown, unknowns and be more helpful.

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 30:21
“And when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

Reflection Questions:
Who do you listen to and why?
How can you be more helpful?
What can you say with the greatest of confidence?

Prayer: Holy God, what comforting words to hear from you… “this way,” knowing you are beside me. Help me be more quiet and attentive so I can be more helpful presence to others. Amen.