My Faith Pondering
Daily Office Readings for Wednesday: Week 5 of Easter: Year 1
“But he said them, ‘My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.’” (Luke 8: 21)
While I love the family of my birth and the family I have given birth to, or raised, I am finding that often the individual members of my biology are not found in my inner most circle of faith and hope. I still love them but our values are often conflicted. Jesus explains that his real family members are the ones that believe in the way that he does. He does not disown or in any way reject his mother and siblings however he is moving on for the benefit of others.
I know many people who, like me, are more comfortable with people they share church or club or profession or social settings with, than their blood family. If we forsake family we make a big mistake. We must keep them in our communications network and in our prayers and hearts. Who is to say? Perhaps members of our blood family will find their way into our inner circle, or we in theirs. Jesus’ Mother was there with him at the cross.
My Fitness Pondering
Numbers become a big part of my fitness progress report. I want to keep my weight, blood pressure, and the time it takes me to run four miles down, to a certain point. I want to keep increasing the number of pushups, sit ups and pull ups I do, to a certain point. So there are numbers I’m trying to get down while there are other numbers I’m trying to increase. Numbers are good in that they measure your improvement in an empirical way. Numbers are not subjective, but rather, objective. Numbers tell the truth. It is what it is, no gray area.
My Music Pondering
I just keep on singing. I sing country, folk, some blues, and a whole lot of hymns. I think the first two songs I ever learned were “Jesus Loves Me” and Sixteen Tons, the latter by Tennessee Ernie Ford. I was even able to use Sixteen Tons as a cadence chant while taking Marines on a run when I was stationed in Yuma, Az. I think I have always had a song in my heart and on my tongue. I never had any encouragement for music when I was young. So now I encourage myself. It’s never too late to discover what you like and pursue 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.