Faith, Fitness and Music Pondering for Wednesday, June 5, 2019

My Faith Pondering

The Daily Office Readings for Wednesday of Week Seven of Easter – Year 1

AM Psalm 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30; PM Psalm 119:121-144  Ezek. 11:14-25; Heb. 7:1-17; Luke 10:17-24

“For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.’”  (Luke 10: 24)

The seventy came back “mission accomplished.”  Jesus tells them that as the results of their work, he says, evil began to fall.  It’s still falling although sometimes hard to see given all the violence we see on the news.  But some of this bad stuff has been happening all the time. We are just getting better at reporting it. There is much more good stuff going on but unfortunately it doesn’t sell the cars, insurance, soap and other stuff sponsors are trying to sell.  People tune in to what’s wrong. 

Perhaps changing our appetites for what we want is our biggest challenge.  Maybe as the seventy returned excited by what they saw, what they saw was people change what they thought was worth while.  Maybe they saw a people athirst for a better way.  Maybe the people welcomed the seventy as an alternative to tyranny and oppression and everything that was wrong in their world. The secret to being okay is to just be welcoming to others.  It is not so much about being happy, but just being ok.  Being okay is also about wanting what is good for family as well as community.  And don’t worry, that’s good. If family and community are okay, so you will be too.  I think this is what Jesus meant when he said, “For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.’”  Yes, Thank You Jesus. Lets make family and community okay, and we will be okay too. Okay?

My Fitness Pondering

I’m feeling better and better every day.  I still need to lose weight but I will get there and when I do I will share my numbers in this blog.  Fitness-wise I am doing better and better.  I really believe sharing this journal with the public keeps me on task.  It seems not letting you down makes me not let me down.  Does that make sense?  Whatever it is, it’s working.  It’s making me faithful to my Daily Seven.  The need for daily physical exercise is one of many teachings I learned in the Marines.  So much good has happened to me in my life.  Thank You Jesus.

My Music Pondering

Country, country, country!  I got all wrapped up in old country classics last night.  I played and sang with, Garth Brooks, Travis Tritt, Johnny Lee, Randy Travis, Charlie Pride, and even Tennessee Ernie Ford and his “Sixteen Tons.”  Thank God for You Tube.  I think what draws me to Country Music, besides being born in Nashville, Tennessee, is that I can clearly understand what is being said. And in most cases, I appreciate or, on many levels, agree with what is being said or sung.  I think Country has clarity and consensus as qualities also found in church hymns. It is poetry set to melody.

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