Faith, Fitness and Music Ponderings for Sunday, May 26 2019

My Faith Pondering

Eucharistic Readings for May 26, 2019 Week 6 of Easter Year C

Acts 16:9-15Psalm 67 Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5 John 14:23-29 or John 5:1-9

“Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” (John 14:23) 

So much of our Christian teaching has to do with us going to God.  But here Jesus says that He and the Father will come and make their home with us! It might be time for some spring cleaning! What will it look like for God in the person of Christ Jesus to come and live in you? Will people see that God is acting out in you? When this happens, how can we get out of the way so that God can do God’s work?

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives.”  (John 14:27)

Jesus gives us a peace which surpasses all understanding.  We have a peace which will assist us in resolving our problems – if we would but give it a chance. When Jesus, with the Creator comes to live with us and gives us this divine peace, how do we live into it?  Blaise Pascal Quotes. “The heart has its reasons which reason knows not.” Also Pascal says, “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”

How about sitting quietly in a room with the Holy Spirit of Jesus, with the Peace that Jesus leaves with us?  “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.”

My Fitness Pondering

Morning exercise is so wonderful!  The mornings are quiet. Exercise starts the blood to moving. And, while it is good for the whole body, it is especially good for the brain.  It is with such an awakened mind that I review my journal just prior to posting it to my blog site.  When I think of newborn babies I recall that they first express their aliveness in movement. This is the way we are made.  We move and then we reason, think, we pray and ponder. But it starts with the One in Whom we live and “move” and have our being. This is God Almighty, the Alpha and the Omega.

My Music Pondering

Every day I play the piano. The time spent playing is not always the same. Some days are shorter, some days longer.  I don’t know if I am improving.  But I like hearing the music that I make. And here is the best part; it is me that is doing it!  I did not give up on me. I am reminded that we don’t quit playing because we grow old; we grow old because we quit playing.  That is just as true in music as it is in sports and exercise. We must keep on keeping on. Thank You Jesus.

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.

One thought on “Faith, Fitness and Music Ponderings for Sunday, May 26 2019

  1. Jesus has been making His home with me for quite some time. Since childhood, in fact. I recall a hymn that I sang in the Baptist church I grew up in: “…and He walks with me, and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own”…. Comforting words for a little kid. Sure, Mom and Dad were there to love me and keep me safe, but it was an extra bonus that Jesus was there too, doing the same thing. Mom and Dad weren’t always around, but Jesus was. I took Jesus’ words to heart and tried to follow His example, but being human, I sometimes forgot about or ignored the fact that He was living with(in) me, and thus would deviate from His teachings. In essence I banished Him to an empty, locked room in the dwelling of my heart, as though in punishment. Ah, but the punishment was actually on me — I feel quite misaligned when I step away from Jesus’ teachings. Thankfully, like the Prodigal Son, I do eventually “come to myself” and run back to unlock that empty room in the dwelling of my heart to let Jesus out (yet again). He is always forgiving, always giving of His peace. He has no problem with time alone. Pondering time, time alone, is always beneficial; it renews one’s soul. It is during such times alone that I most often feel Jesus’ sweet peace. Being out in nature or sitting quietly in a hushed worship space recharges my spiritual batteries. Meditation, for me, comes most easily there. I thank God for His Son, that He continues to walk with me and talk with and tell me I am His own.

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