Readings, Reflection and Pondering for Thursday 14 February 2019: Epiphany

AM Psalm [83]or146, 147; PM Psalm 85, 86Isa. 60:1-17; 2 Tim. 2:14-26; Mark 10:17-31

Let us be a peaceful people.

Psalm 85

 “I will listen to what the Lord God is saying, for he is speaking peace to his faithful people and to those who turn their hearts to him.”  (Psalm 85:8)

2 Timothy

“Have nothing to do with stupid and senseless controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kindly to everyone, an apt teacher, patient, correcting opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant that they will repent and come to know the truth” (2 Tim. 2:23 – 25)

Peace can be factored out of both of these passages.  The Psalmist reminds us to listen to God speaking peace to us, and Paul reminds Timothy and us to avoid entanglements that lead to quarrels but rather act kindly to everyone with patience, again, we are to be a peaceful people.

Sometimes I think a space ship has come close to earth and sprayed some kind of hate toxin at us.  We all seem to be at each other’s throat. It will take real effort to go against the toxin but we can do it.  The antidote is in believing the scriptures above.  We must force ourselves to listen to God speaking peace to us and avoid the temptation to join hate speech and quarreling.  We can do this.

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

Ponder #14

This is the fifth and last point of my first star and it reminds us to Live Plain.

I have studied and admire the Amish people. While I don’t agree with their theological position regarding pacifism and their rejection of technology. However I do like the way they walk their talk.  Perhaps the chief characteristic that I most admire is their plain living.  It is a no frills life style. The Amish I looked into were of the Old Order.  They went from place to place in horse and buggy.  And they did not have electricity hooked up to their homes. Ok, that’s not me.

However, I very much believe in living a low-maintenance life style.  I am not a slave to fashion and expensive cars don’t do it for me. I do enjoy golf and model trains but keep it under control I believe that we should use money, money should not use us.  As non-Amish, plain living people, we should keep all extravagances to a minimum.  What we wear, or drive, or even eat does not say who we are so much as what we read, watch and pray for.  It is our personal disciplines that define us. In fact discipline is the first point of second next star. Love the Lord and Live plain, or at least as plain as you can.

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

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