Faith, Fitness and Music Pondering for Monday, June 3, 2019

My Faith Pondering

Daily Office Readings for Monday of Week 7 of Easter Year 1

AM Psalm 89:1-18; PM Psalm 89:19-52  Ezek. 4:1-17; Heb. 6:1-12; Luke 9:51-62

 “The heavens bear witness to your wonders, O Lord, and to your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones” (Psalm 89:5)

I like considering myself somewhat of an amateur astronomer. I say this because I like being able to distinguish between stars and planets.  I also like being able to see the constellations as we have labeled them based on our earth-bound observation.  I realize of course that the Big Dipper would not resemble a dipper at all if seen from the side or from top to bottom.  But the view from earth gives us humans a way to locate it among ourselves.  But the cosmos is ordered.  It is not whimsical.  There is a set pattern of rotation and with it expectation.  We star watchers can reasonably predict when eclipses will occur based on our earth bound observation. All of this bears witness to The Great Architect of the universe. “The heavens bear witness to your wonders, O Lord.”

In the same way this Great Architect has structured goodness to reside in the morality of humanity.  Unlike the cosmos however, God has given us the freedom to choose to do good. The cosmos works within the faithfulness of God. It can be counted on, predicted.  But at present, we cannot. However should we choose to operate from faith and do what is good in the sight of God then truly God’s faithfulness will be “in the assembly of the holy ones”

June 3 is the day we remember the Martyrs of Uganda. “In 1886, thirty-two young men, pages of the court of King Mwanga of Buganda, were burned to death at Namugongo for their refusal to renounce Christianity. In the following months many other Christians throughout the country died by fire or spear for their faith.” (Great Cloud of Witnesses – June 3) Again, why can’t we live orderly lives like the cosmos?  We are all made by the same God. In spite of these murders, Christianity grew in Uganda. “The example of these martyrs, who walked to their death singing hymns and praying for their enemies, so inspired many of the bystanders that they began to seek instruction from the remaining Christians.” (Great Cloud of Witnesses – June 3) Jesus Wins.

My Fitness Pondering

I am pictured here on a friend’s Harley-Davidson Three Wheeler.  The three wheels are symbolic of my faith, fitness and music pondering. I continue to pray that my exercise program will keep me in the good health necessary to pursue continued growth in faith and increased ability in music. 

My Music Pondering

I am playing the piano from feel and hearing mostly.  I am always amazed at the musical talent of our parish pianist.   They are two very gifted ladies.  We are blessed to have them at St Paul’s in the Pines.  While I say that I am playing from feeling and hearing it is not to suggest that I am not reading the notes.  I am.  But the notes I hold to memory and use feeling and hearing to tell me if I got it right.  Again, I am a late blooming work in progress.  And thankful to Jesus for whatever I can accomplish.

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