My Faith Pondering
Daily Office Readings, Year 1Week of the Fourth Sunday of Easter
“My heart is stirring with a noble song; let me recite what I have fashioned for the king; my tongue shall be the pen of a skilled writer.” (Psalm 45:1)
As a priest I am often called upon to preside over blessings, baptisms, weddings, funerals as well as to do opening invocations and closing benedictions. I thank God for our Book of Common Prayer and I have used it so much that as I pray the words of the book flow easily from my lips. And now as I blog my pondering, I pray and hope it is pleasing to people who need an inclusive way to trust and understand the will of God.
Writing helps me to better understand my relationship with God. However, I must share with you that as I companion with people as a spiritual guide I ask them to try journaling. Many have a hard time accepting the idea of putting their thoughts about their faith on paper, even electronic paper. I have found that writing my ponderings down I can see how I have evolved over the years. My tongue may not be the pen of a skilled writer but I share with whoever will read my words what our Lord has given me to say.
My personal faith creed again: I believe in God, the Creating Word, through the Holy Spirit of the Incarnate Word, in whom we live and move and love and have our being and to whom we must give an account. This is where I am right now. Write a basic sentence or two about what you believe in our own words. It’s yours alone. Read it later. How have you evolved? Thank You Jesus.
My Fitness Pondering
I kind of rushed through my exercises yesterday. I worked up a good sweat though. I attended a group spiritual session also yesterday. The people in my circle were amazed and somewhat humorous about my dedication to exercise. We are all about the same age save one youngster. I shared my “milk cow” metaphor with them as it pertains to an everyday commitment, and while they liked it, none were ready to commit to an “every day” exercise program. Ha, ha. It is what it is.
My Music Pondering
I spent a couple of hours on my electric piano yesterday. I’m still working on “Praise to the Lord.” Another hymn that resonates with me is “Come thou fount or every blessing” (Hymn 686 in our 1982 Hymnal). When I sing the words “Prone to wonder, Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love,” something happens inside me. I need this hymn to remind me of my vulnerability.
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.