Ponderings for Friday 17 May 2019: Week 4 of Easter

My Faith Pondering

Readings for Thurgood Marshall: Lawyer and Jurist, 1993

Psalm 34:15-22Amos 5:10-15,21-24Matthew 23:1-11

“The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry.” (Psalm 34: 15)

I have a repeating saying that my congregation has grown used to.  It is that “God’s ears hears tears:” probably not correct grammar.  I explain to them that all crying is prayer.  Even if a person swears that he or she is an atheist, yet if they cry, they pray.  God has planted in us this signal that connects us to God should our countenance fall.  While the ears of God are open to the cry of people, God’s eyes are upon the righteous as the Psalmist says. I believe Thurgood Marshall was one of the righteous.  This day we remember Thurgood Marshall.  “Thurgood Marshall was a distinguished American jurist and the first African American to become an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.” (Taken from The Great Cloud of Witnesses for May 17)

“At the age of 32, Marshall successfully argued his first case before the United States Supreme Court and went on to win 29 of the 32 cases he argued before the court. As a lawyer, his crowning achievement was arguing successfully for the plaintiffs in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, in 1954…..”  “Marshall compiled a long and impressive record of decisions on civil rights, not only for African Americans, but also for women, Native Americans, and the incarcerated; he was a strong advocate for individual freedoms and human rights. He adamantly believed that capital punishment was unconstitutional and should be abolished.” (Taken from The Great Cloud of Witnesses for May 17)

Thurgood Marshall was one of the righteous as the Psalmist says because he loved people, all people, African Americans, women, Native Americans, and the incarcerated.  He was a good judge because of his love for all people. How about you and me?  Can we stretch our hearts out wide enough to embrace those different than ourselves?

My Fitness Pondering

Exercises done early yesterday, I went to my weekly Cursillo Group Breakfast.  So it was a rush through the exercises.  But I have that good feeling of fulfillment when I’m done.  I truly believe that the “will” to do daily exercise must be committed to in the mind first.  Once we have made up our minds to do something we will do it.  This understanding also works for things like quitting smoking.  We just have to decide that that’s what we want to do and do it. Be in charge of yourself.

My Music Pondering

I’m doing lots of playing now.  This everyday thing is really working. Tonight I play guitar in a Cursillo group.

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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