Ponderings for Saturday 11 May 2019: of Week 3 Easter

My Faith Pondering

Readings for Saturday of the Third week of Easter

AM Psalm 30, 32; PM Psalm 42, 43Dan. 6:16-28; 3 John 1-15; Luke 5:27-39

“The Pharisees and their scribes were complaining to his disciples, saying, ‘Why do you eat and drink with tax-collectors and sinners?’ (Luke 5:30)

These dinner crashers question Jesus and his followers about the company they keep.  Levi, or Matthew, needed Jesus to invite him (Matthew) to come and follow him (Jesus). So do we.  Some jobs we hold often separate us from the company we would like to enjoy.  We are so judgmental about dancers, liquor sales people and others who are only trying to pay their bills within the legal limits of the law.  The tax collectors of Jesus’ day were often forced into their occupations and then hated by their community for doing what had to be done.  And, on the other hand, maybe there are sinful ways in which people are working.

My pondering informs me that no sinful person ever became good without the influence of good people mingling with them. The “us – them” judgmental attitude does not reconcile people back to God.  We must break bread with them, yes; even people we think are inherently bad only sometimes, to discover that it is ourselves that needed direction also.

My Fitness Pondering

I am restarting my garage work-outs.  They have been on hold because I wanted to get to my blog out as soon as I came out of the bedroom.  But if I don’t do something intentional about getting back to pull-ups, sit-ups, dips, leg-lifts and yoga soon, I may never get back to it at all.  So as of today I am doing my post for the blog first.  After this I am off to the garage for physical exercise.  Wish me luck.

My Music Pondering

Trying to learn “Lead Me; Guide Me” from Lift Every Voice and Sing.  It’s not easy.  But it is a prayer to God about needing God’s assistance throughout the day every day. Thank You Jesus.

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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