Ponderings for Thursday 23 May 2019: Week 5 of Easter

My Faith Pondering

Readings for Nicolaus Copernicus, 1543, and Johannes Kepler, 1630 Astronomers: May 23

Psalm 8 Genesis 1:14-19 1 Corinthians 2:6-12 Matthew 2:1-11a

“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars you have set in their courses,   What is man that you should be mindful of him? The son of man that you should seek him out?” (Psalm 8: 4&5)

“His [Copernicus] argument that the sun, rather than the earth, was the center of the universe around which the planets rotated was developed fully in his 1543 opus De Revolutionibus Orbium Caelestium.  Furthermore, “Copernicus had originally dedicated his work to the Pope, and he saw no conflict between his theory and the authority of Scripture.”   “Johannes Kepler was first educated at Tübingen, where he received instruction in Copernican theory. His first major work on Copernican astronomy was the Mysterium Cosmographicum, in which he believed he had demonstrated God’s geometric plan for the universe. Kepler saw in the relation between the sun and the rotating planets the image of God himself, and like Copernicus, he saw no conflict between his astronomical views and the account of God in the Scriptures.”  (from Holy Women: Holy Men)

I love the work of these two men.  At a point in my life I took philosophy and chemistry with a lab at the same time while serving in the Marines. I don’t recommend this to anyone.  While taking these two courses I came face to face with a decision.  Which came first, the elements on the elemental chart or thought itself?  Did thought and reason and creativity come as a result of the combination of different chemistries?  Or, did thought, reason and creativity cause matter to come into being? I sided with the latter.  And therefore I reasoned that God, the origin of all thought, reason and creativity, is the Creator of all matter, the macro (the universe) and the micro (the atomic.) The Creator can be found in the creation, the rotational, and the anthropomorphic Jesus.

My Fitness Pondering

I am actively stretching in my yoga to try to touch my toes without bending my knees.  I have never been able to do it. But that does not mean I never will. How about you? What do you want to be able to do? I will definitely blog about it when I accomplish the lock-kneed toe-touch.

My Music Pondering

We sang “Let us Break Bread Together” last night at our Healing service.  We had lots of great voices. Good singing makes a big difference in the spirituality of the service. We hear the Spirit.

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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