Ponderings for Monday 13 May 2019: Week 4 of Easter

My Faith Pondering

Readings for Frances Perkins: Public Servant and Prophetic Witness, 1965
Deuteronomy 15:7-11 Psalm 37:27-31 Luke 9:10-17

“On their return the apostles told Jesus all they had done. He took them with him and withdrew privately to a city called Bethsaida.” (Luke 9:10)

We often overlook the private time that Jesus insisted on with his disciples.  This lesson was not lost on Frances Perkins.

“Frances Perkins was the first woman to serve a President of the United States as a member of the Cabinet.” (Great Cloud of Witnesses for May 13)

“As a young adult, she discovered The Episcopal Church and was confirmed at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest, Illinois, on June 11, 1905, and she remained a faithful and active Episcopalian for the remainder of her life.” (Great Cloud of Witnesses for May 13)

“President Roosevelt appointed her to a Cabinet post as Secretary of Labor, a position she would hold for twelve years. As Secretary of Labor, Perkins would have a major role in shaping the New Deal legislation signed into law by President Roosevelt, most notably the establishment of the Social Security program.”  (Great Cloud of Witnesses for May 13)

“During her years of public service, Frances Perkins depended upon her faith, her life of prayer, and the guidance of her church for the support she needed to assist the United States and its leadership to face the enormous problems of the time. During her time as Secretary of Labor, she would take time away from her duties on a monthly basis and make a retreat with the All Saints Sisters of the Poor in nearby Catonsville, Maryland. She spoke publicly of how the Incarnation informed her conviction that humans ought to work with God to create a just Christian social order.” (Great Cloud of Witnesses for May 13)

All of the above comes from The Great Cloud of Witnesses for May 13.  I am very impressed with the dedicated devotion of Frances Perkins. We all have busy lives.  Perkins had a really busy life but she made time monthly to refresh herself by taking a retreat.  We could all learn from her example.  We become more effective when we carve out some time to be with God in an intentional way.   Thank you Frances.

My Fitness Pondering

Working out every day is hectic but worth the evaluation of people who say that I’m in my 50’s.

My Music Pondering

For me, music is truly a form of prayer. It is artful prayer with feeling.  And if it is right that it is not ourselves that pray but the Spirit that prays through us, then the Spirit of God is Holy Melody.

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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