“The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly” Proverbs 15:2 (NIV)

Friday evening, my husband, our son and I decided to have a few games of Cribbage. I have not played the game for many years and required the knowledge of my opponents. My husband relayed how to begin to play the game by dealing the cards and getting us started to play. For the first initial game, we played so each of us could see each other’s cards. At proper times throughout that game, my husband communicated how to proceed. The way he instructed how to play was not an overload of information at one time. Therefore, I was able to refresh my mind on the game while gaining my confidence as I played my hand.

Counting your hand correctly is an important part of the game of Cribbage. For example, any combination of cards adding up to 15 scores 2 points; a King and a five would add up to 15. This combination would be marked as 15:2. Since I had gain confidence playing throughout the game, when it came to count my score I quickly added up my hand and the kitty. By being foolish and not waiting for instructions on how to count the cards, I missed some points. Afterwards, it was our son who gave instructions on how to count my points. He suggested for me to order my cribbage hand low cards to high; he also went over the rules and the combinations of cards that give points. Through experience, he suggested I count my 15’s, then pairs, then runs, then Nobs, then finally flushes.

Our Heavenly Father, Your knowledge which is provided in everything that we do is useful and necessary. The manner in which you communicate provides us with grace. Forgive us for our lack of respect for You. Forgive us for our “folly” which makes us go in the wrong direction. Thank you for giving us Your knowledge through the Word. Our hearts and mouths are full of folly, we ask You to fill us with Your knowledge so we will be able to communicate to others as beautifully as You do to us. I pray these things through Jesus and Your Glory. Amen.