Ponder Notice: I am, from this point forward, going to add to my pondering fitness and music to my faith pondering blog. It is all pondering to me so it will still be simply, One Who Ponders.
My Faith Pondering
Readings for Julian Dame Julian of Norwich . 1417 May 8
“God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24)
“Even in her lifetime, she [Julian Dame Julian of Norwich] was famed as a mystic and spiritual counselor and was frequently visited by clergymen and lay persons, including the famous mystic Margery Kempe. Kempe says of Julian: “This anchoress was expert in knowledge of our Lord and could give good counsel. (The Great Cloud of Witnesses: May 8)
It is the All Spiritual God who brings into creation those things that we can see and touch. Julian too knew about the spirit and truth of God and found a place where she could be alone with her prayers and pondering. Her life of dedicated prayer worked like a magnet attracting other people of God to her for God’s guidance. How is your prayer life? Who are you attracting?
My Fitness Pondering
My daily ritual is to do push-ups and bend and squats first thing every mourning, without exception. Daily morning exercise is one of my “Milk Cows.” You can’t buy a milk cow and plan a vacation. This cow has to be milked EVERYDAY! It’s a daily commitment. Not very many people today want to commit to something that requires attention every day. Of course they have no problem with eating and sleeping, both of which are self-serving. And they are committed to these activities each and every day. How about reading, study, exercise and prayer? I have heard somewhere that a healthy body contributes to having a healthy mind. I hope that’s true.
My Music Pondering
Learning to play “Praise to the Lord” on the piano has been a dedicated commitment for me. The piano and guitar are also two of my milk cows. That means each and every day I can be found touching the notes and listening for mistakes. I love it when I play something and it sounds right. One of our Pianists at our parish told me that to be proficient I must practice every day. Okay, that’s a milk cow if I ever heard one.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to the people of the Creating Word and then let us “Ponder anew what the Almighty can do.” John Thomas Frazier Sr.