My Faith Pondering
Readings for Bertha and Ethelbert, Queen and King of Kent 616 May 27
“You have chosen me to be king of your people and to be judge over your sons and daughters.” (Wisdom 9:7)
Today we remember Bertha and Ethelbert, queen and king of Kent, England 616. Ethelbert married Bertha, who was French, with the understanding that she could continue her Christian faith. Ethelbert himself became a Christian later.
Though [Ethelbert] helped the missionaries and founded cathedrals and churches throughout southeastern England, including Canterbury Cathedral, he never coerced his people, or even his children, into conversion. Bertha’s kind and charitable nature and Ethelbert’s respect for law and the dignity of individual conscience represent, to this day, some of the best of the English Christian spirit.” (Great Cloud of Witnesses May 27)
Sometimes we have to push away from historical text in order to get a clearer picture of what God is doing in our world. I believe we can see God’s movement at work developing the church more and more in incremental steps. God works through Ethelbert and Bertha slowly evolving the church into the Anglican Communion of which our Episcopal Church is still a part of. We must remember however we are a Church for the benefit of the world, not to convert the world to us. We are to serve others, not convert others. I like Ethelbert’s policy of not mandating Christianity.
My Fitness Pondering
I was reminded yesterday that fitness is so much more than just exercise. Fitness also has much to do with what we put into our bodies. Fresh fruits, vegetables and water are important. As the summer creeps in, water is very important. I forgot that and I was feeling bad. But I am blessed to have a friend who reminded me to drink water. Wonderful! I did and I felt better. Thanks friend.
My Music Pondering
I can be found writing in my journal at the dining room table a lot. I am aware of the TV on in the family room. I am amazed at how much music influences our attitude as we view what we are watching. There is certain music for horror, certain music for adventure and so on. There is also music for just riding in our cars. It is a passive experience. I like being a part of what I hear. I like having something to do with what I hear by actually making some of the music myself – even if its just my voice. I especially like hearing someone who claims she can’t sing actually sound pretty good as she makes her own music. Voice is an amazing instrument.
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.