There is also, hidden, rather thin nails that hold these pictures on the wall. I can't see the nails, but I know they are there because I am the one who hammered them into the wallboard sometime ago. They are there, but I ignore their presence, not certain whether they have become bent with age or if the hole they occupy has wore. I have put out of mind that these pictures stand only as long as the pins that hold them remain straight and true.
The title of this post is taken from verse 33 of Proverbs 24.
Yes, I know in context this line refers to laziness. But there are many reasons for a little folding of the hands.
To pray is one, for many of us were taught to fold our hands while speaking with God. It's a sign of honor. Some even fold their hands to show respect and honor to others. There are a great number of people in Central Pennsylvania who could use some folding of hands in prayer at this time.
This is because of another purpose for a little folding of the hands, a representation of doing nothing when something should be done. There is probably a lot of folding of hands, or more precisely, a wringing of hands now by some or many who folded their hands and went to sleep over some recent years.
What happened at Penn State should be illuminating to us all. It should give us all pause.
Here we have a great institution sullied by one pin in its wall. A sin, any sin by any one, may have grave consequences for all. Eve took a bite of fruit and she shared it with her spouse and they tried to cover it up and look to where it led? A man became an icon and a VIP and he started a worthwhile charity (if perhaps not for so worthwhile motives) and he befriended people upon pedestals. But this man was a bent nail and when someone noticed the bend all the others folded their hands.
Now a legendary coach is dismissed and disgraced. A large university is rocked and socked and heads have rolled. The worthwhile charity is wavering, perhaps to fall as well, because of the bent nail at its foundation.
Do not think sin, big or small, of commission or omission does not have consequences in this world.
Proverbs 24 has other things to say. Verses 10 to 12: