January 3, 2024

Read Proverbs 1:20-33.

Years ago, while in seminary, the Rev. Dr. Michael Jenkins told our class that one cannot “be a Christian by one’s self.” I’ve never been much of a note-taker, but I wrote those words down and have carried them in my heart ever since. Whenever I find myself faltering or feeling discouraged, I do what Mr. Rogers advised: I look for the helpers.

In today’s scripture from the book of Proverbs, faith formation is at the heart of the matter. When we try to do things by ourselves, when we don’t rely on the wisdom of others, we risk facing grave consequences. Who are the people in your life you can turn to when you are struggling? What are small ways you can connect with those who help you to feel closer to God? What are ways you can reach out to others who need your support and encouragement?

May the year ahead be a pilgrimage to find others to join you on your journey of faith.

As we reach the final days of the Christmas season and look forward to what 2024 brings, let us be inspired by Woman Wisdom as we make intentions for our faith journey.


Holy Wisdom, help us to discover the knowledge you have set before us. Help us to notice those who reach out to us, seeking connection and friendship. Most of all, help us to seek out those who are wise in their faith. We believe that you empower others to be your hands and feet, your heart and your mind. Give us the courage to seek you out and to share your love with others. Amen.

Rev. Dr. Alexandra M. Hendrickson

College Chaplain and Director of Religious & Spiritual Life,

Lafayette College (Easton, PA)