My Faith Pondering
Readings for Ascension Day
“Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted.” (Matthew 28:16-17)
Having been to Galilee and visited several hills there I have a real appreciation for how beautiful that Holy Land is. Galilee, in many ways, is like our churches. We gather to worship Jesus believing that he is with us again, even to the end of the age. But also it must be recognized that some of us there still doubt. And even some of us so called true believers doubt some times. But still, Jesus is with us anyway, whether we trust it or not. I like that part. This day we remember Jesus’ final departure, his Ascension, forty days after the Resurrection. His Presence is still felt in our communities, in our churches, in our homes and in our hearts. One day, we too will ascend and be with him as he is. Thank You Jesus.
My Fitness Pondering
Continuing to be “a work in progress”, I now have my morning exercises separated into seven different exercises. Hopefully not boring you, I do pushups, pull ups, sit ups, dips, vertical leg lifts, toe-touches, and squats. I separated bends and squats into two different exercises. The toe touches are a deliberate effort to attain the lock-kneed toe touch; not there yet though. The squats are just good in themselves because the large thigh muscles generate good blood flow. So I now have what I am calling my “Daily Seven.” So it’s the “Daily Seven Seven Days” a week.
My Music Pondering
I’m still playing three hymns everyday: “Lead Me, Guide Me”; “Praise to the Lord”; and “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”. I love the music and the words of each. At least family and friends reading this blog or just knowing me, will know what I want played at my funeral. Most people know I like these hymns because I can be heard singing them from time to time. I can still remember my mother singing “When I Rose Up This Morning.” Now that is a real “Resurrection” hymn I think; so appropriate at a funeral. How about you? Have you gotten with your pastor and discussed what you would like played at your funeral? As a pastor I can tell you it really makes a difference when preparing a funeral. Remember, we never know when. So right now, while you have some control, is a good time to make an appointment.
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.