Readings and Reflections for Tuesday 22 January 2019: Epiphany

Part 1of 2

AM Psalm 26, 28; PM Psalm 36, 39
Isa. 44:9-20; Eph. 4:17-32; Mark 3:19b-35

Psalm 39

“My heart was hot within me;
while I pondered, the fire burst into flame;
I spoke out with my tongue”  (Psalm 39:4)

I have been in this place; a place of hurt.  My heart too has been hot within me and when it happens, my mouth shoots forth words that hurts the hearts of others. I don’t know how to fix this.  I don’t think it’s mine to fix.  Sometimes we break things that are beyond our ability to repair.  Wounded hearts are the purview God.  This is why we pray, “cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the power of your Holy Spirit that we may perfectly love you….”  (Book of Common Prayer p. 355)

I am forced to remember that God is beyond all limitations.  Situations that wreck my mind, God solves effortlessly.  Meditation then on the Holy of holies is perhaps the only way to settle us down and realign our attitudes in order that we might be better enabled continue our earthly pilgrimage in a way that sustains us.  So when heavy hearts burn, and they will, we must quiet ourselves and be still with God asking for the relief that only God can give. Be well.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to God’s people.

Part 2 of 2

Ephesians

“Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger.” (Ephesians 4:26)

We all get angry from time to time.  It’s a human condition – unavoidable.  How we handle anger is a mark of good character.  I have met people who I thought never got angry.  Now I have learned that such people have found ways to channel their anger in harmless ways. Some folks create for themselves (or find) various activities that take their minds off the troubling issue.  It only takes a little time to get past the “hot spot” and things begin to settle back down.

Sometimes reading won’t do it for me because my tricky mind always finds a way to get back to the hot spot.  I have found that doing something with my hands that require real attention usually does the trick.  And sometimes, my beloved in Christ, these hands of ours just have to come together in serious prayer.  Prayer works.  Be well.

 Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to God’s people.

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