Faith, Fitness and Music Ponderings for Friday 24 May 2019

My Faith Pondering

Daily Office Readings for Friday of 5 Easter

AM Psalm 106:1-18; PM Psalm 106:19-48Wisdom 16:15-17:1; Rom. 14:13-23; Luke 8:40-56

“And so they exchanged their Glory for the image of an ox that feeds on grass.”  (Psalm 106:20)

Psalm 106 recounts our early history with God as reflected in Hebrew history.  All Christians share this rich history.  It is ours too.  Verse 20 sums up the heart of the problem. We take our special favor with God for granted.  We wind up in a place where we will not trust what we cannot see and then make something we can control to satisfy our thirst for being in charge.  Today we use money, political power, corporate power, race, sexism, and various other conjured up ox-images as replacements for God. We need to accept the Glory God has bestowed on us, every one of us, and be thankful and respectful for that glory in each other.  Thank You Jesus.

Fitness Pondering

I found the below article on the world-wide web.  Thought I would share it with you. I liked doing pushups even before I saw this article.

“The study tested the stamina of middle-aged male firefighters. It found that those who could do more than 40 pushups in a row had a 96 percent lower risk of being diagnosed with heart disease or experiencing other heart problems over a 10-year period, as compared with those men who could do fewer than 10 pushups.”  (Live Science By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer)

 I like my morning pushups. You can join me.  Just get up where ever you are at 5 am and just start right beside your bed.  I’ll take pleasure in knowing you are with me in this heart health work.

My Music Pondering

I know that I have played the same tune in many different ways all depending on how I was feeling. It is like becoming one with the instrument and allowing it to be an extension of me. I switch often between the genres I like, country, folk, spiritual and blues.  It’s all mood music to me. Sometimes, I must admit, when I want to be in a certain mood, I use music to make it happen. Is that cheating? I also like to hear the Spirit through the music.

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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