Ponderings for Thursday 16 May 2019: Week 4 of Easter

My Faith Pondering

Readings for the Martyrs of the Sudans (16 May 1983)

Wisdom 3:1-9 Psalm 116:10-17 Hebrews 10:32-39 Matthew 24:9-14

“And because of the increase of lawlessness, the love of many will grow cold.”  (Matthew 24: 12)

On this day we remember the horror of the Martyrs of Sudan.

“On May 16, 1983, a small number of Episcopal and Roman Catholic clerical and lay leaders declared they “would not abandon God as they knew him.” Possibly over two million persons, most of them Christians, were then killed in a two-decade civil war, until a Comprehensive Peace Treaty was signed in January 2005. ( Taken from the Great Cloud of Witnesses for May 16)

Many people have been killed because they profess Jesus the Christ as their savior and redeemer. I am always hurt by the torture and killing of people solely because of how they believe in God, especially when the way they believe in God does no harm to others.  I am also struck by the death defying determination of clergy who live and work for the sake of the Gospel.   Would I continue in my ministry if my ministry was under threat of persecution and/or death?

We have it easy here in America.  I pray my faith is strong.  I don’t want it tested but I realize I stand on the shoulders of many Christian martyrs, men and women, who would not back down or renounce their Christianity even to save their own lives.  The decision to stand in the faith is not always a clear black and white choice.  Sometimes, like the evangelist says, little tolerances or intolerances grow and the increase of lawlessness eases us into more and more unloving ways. As this happens, our love grows cold. We must remain vigilant and inclusive.

My Fitness Pondering 

My new schedule of working out after posting my blog seems to be working.  However I know myself well enough to know that if I procrastinate till later in the day, I won’t workout at all. 

My Music Pondering

In the same way I have decided to just become music focused after working out for the remainder of my day, as much as I can with all that I have going on.  Also, while learning a new piece I like just playing the melody, single-handed first, and then going full on. This is exciting for me.

As I look to the next chapter in my life I really want it to be musical in some way.  I do not know exactly how that is going to play out but I am excited about it.

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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