February 22, 2018
The Chair of St. Peter
Chairs of Wisdom
Do not lord it over those assigned to you, but be examples to the flock.
1 Peter 5:3
When I think about each of the important older people in my life (all deceased because I'm one of the older ones now), all are associated with a chair.
My father's preferred spot was his desk chair in his study. My mother spent her days in her comfortable chair in the corner, surrounded by books. My great-aunt was not to be disturbed as she watched afternoon soap operas from her wingback chair. My grandfather had his leather-covered lounger, its arms dotted with holes burned by cigars.
From their chairs, they observed, they gathered, they taught and they provided a focus for the life around them. There was wisdom in those chairs.
I'm grateful for the gift of Peter, our rock. From his chair--the sign of a teacher--he and his successors gather and unify us in our focus on the One who called him--and all of us.
St. Peter, pray for us!
- Amy Welborn
1 Peter 5:1-4|Psalm 23:1-6|Matthew 16:13-19