Ponderings for Friday 10 May 2019: Easter

My Faith Pondering

May 10: Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf Prophetic Witness, 1760

Readings for Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf: Psalm 101:1-4 Nehemiah 12:27-31a, 43 2 Thessalonians 2:13–3:5 John 16:16-22

“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word.” (2 Thessalonians 2: 16)

Zinzendorf was a Count of the Holy Roman Empire who always had more interest in religious matters than in affairs of court.  Following studies at the pietist center of Halle, he developed his own “theology of the heart,” which placed great emphasis on a close personal relationship with the suffering Savior. This “heart religion” was not just inner emotion, however, but was to result in a life totally devoted to the Savior. “All of life becomes a liturgy,” said Zinzendorf, and even the most mundane task can be an act of worship.”  (Taken from The Great Cloud of Witnesses: for May 10)

I like the “All of life becomes a liturgy,” part.  It’s not the first time I’ve heard this thought. As I am a member of a liturgical church, I understand liturgy as a way of doing worship.  Worship then, is paying devotion to God. So we can dedicate each and every act we do to God.  That will surely make me think more deeply about what I’m doing.  I mean if I am dedicating my deed to God, I want it to be Godly: right?  All Glory be to God.

My Fitness Pondering

I practice yoga.  I find its meditational components a bonding between faith and fitness.  Some of the positions require some degree of strength.  The crow position is one such position.  One has to balance on the hands while balancing head and feet on either side with knees just outside the elbows as if the wings of a crow.  I can’t hold the position long but during the position I am so thankful that I can get into the position and hold it if only for a few seconds.  Thank you Jesus.  All glory be to God.

My Music Pondering

Often while playing my guitar I drift into a blues melody.  I find it so comforting.  The continuous rhythm makes my foot pat and my torso sway a little.  I love all kinds of music.  And whether it’s jazz, country, folk, or church, all glory be to God.

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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