Ponderings for Thursday 9 May 2019: Easter

My Faith Pondering

Readings for Gregory of Nazianzus: 9 May    Psalm 19:7–14Wisdom 7:7-12John 8:25-32

 “Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8: 31-32)

“Gregory of Nazianzus, one of the Cappadocian Fathers, loved God, the art of letters, and the human race—in that order. He was born about 330 in Nazianzus in Cappadocia (now Turkey), the son of a local bishop. He studied rhetoric in Athens with his friend Basil of Caesarea, and Julian, later to be the apostate emperor.”  (Taken from The Great Cloud of Witnesses: May 9)

This Gregory is a man after my own heart. I think he really did continue in the word of Jesus and the truth did make him free.  However, he loved his privacy and prayer time. This was problematic for the theologian. I remember doing a paper on Gregory of Nazianzus in seminary about God creating something from nothing. I also like the priority he had of “God, art and humanity.”

“In 361, against his will, Gregory was ordained presbyter, and settled down to live an austere, priestly life. He was not to have peace for long. Basil, in his fight against the Arian Emperor Valens, compelled Gregory to become Bishop of Sasima. (Taken from The Great Cloud of Witnesses: May 9)

Gregory did not want to be a priest or a bishop but this was God’s plan and so, it happened.  Gregory was who he was because that’s what was needed where, and when, he was.  How about you?  Are you who God wants you to be? I hope I am.

My Fitness Pondering

Working out every day and watching what I eat (haven’t missed my mouth yet), I hope to lose weight and trim down. I’ll be 71 this month and feel pretty good. I have to keep reminding myself that this is not about dieting towards a goal but rather a life style shift to eating smaller portions and only when hungry.  Also, perhaps I should not eat after say 5: pm.  What do you think, I mean about yourself?

My Music Pondering

I’ve been working on Amazing Grace with my guitar.  It’s recognizable. So I play the melody first and then the chords.  I like singing while playing the cords.  I played the church piano today.  It’s different than my Yamaha keyboard.  The piano requires more finger pressure. I do feel I can express myself better on the full piano better than the electric keyboard. It’s all good.

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.

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