#1 Reading, Reflection and Pondering for Friday 1 February 2019: Epiphany

Daily Office Readings for 1 February 2019 AM Psalm 40, 54; PM Psalm 51 Isa. 50:1-11; Gal. 3:15-22; Mark 6:47-56

“He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; many shall see, and stand in awe, and put their trust in the Lord.” (Psalm 40:3)

I hope and pray that people will look at me and have hope for themselves.  I even hope that they will see me and stand in awe of what God can do and put their trust in the Lord.  I don’t say this because I am a priest; I say this because I am a believer.  My life is not perfect.  But God is merciful and loving and works with me every day.  I have had all kinds of failures in my life; yet, here I am, healthy, double retired, loving and loved. I did not cause this of my own accord.  I listened to God and to the people God sent to talk to me, and I don’t think God is done with me yet.  I truly am a work in progress.

The same is true with you.  You are not perfect.  But by believing in God and living the best life you are able to God will meet you more than half way and will bless your efforts.  Please know this one truth, God will send you messages through others regarding the path you should take. Listen to the message! Obey the message! Life will turn around for you.  Then others will see what God is doing in your life and draw others near to God through you. God blesses us and gives us a “pay-it-forward blessing also.  God is Good, All the Time.

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

I love to go a pondering #1:

I ponder and I work.  Aside from sleep, ponder and work is all I do.  And with everything I do I fit conveniently into either ponder or work. For example; sitting at meditation, or a desk with lap top or pen and paper, or in church at worship, or at table with friends or family eating, I ponder.

Work takes place when I get physical, when I do exercises, or cleaning the house, or repairing something, or driving, or gardening or golf or cabinet making, or playing music, or running. It’s all physical therefore (to me) it’s all work. Some work is more pleasurable than others but it is still all work as I see it.

This journal blog is about pondering because even the physical work was first pondered at its conception. I think God pondered creation before God got physical. 

“Ponder anew what the Almighty can do.” (From the 3rd verse of “Praise to the Lord”)

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