Faith, Fitness and Music Pondering for Thursday, June 6, 2019

My Faith Pondering

Daily Office Readings for Thursday of Week 7 of Easter – Year 1

AM Psalm 105:1-22; PM Psalm 105:23-45  Ezek. 18:1-4,19-32; Heb. 7:18-28; Luke 10:25-37

But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?’” (Luke 10:29)

This is the lead-in to the story of the Good Samaritan.  It concludes with a foreigner (a Samaritan) being a better neighbor than the so-called righteous Levite and priest. However, the question itself suggests that perhaps not all people are a neighbor. I think that in the eyes of Jesus, all peoples are neighbors.

We live on a round ball (Earth). We have more in common than we are different.  We all strive to take care of ourselves and our families.  We all communicate with an audible language although different languages for different regions of this earth.  At some deep level, we are aware of a power greater than ourselves.  What we must learn is that we are not greater than one another. We need one another.  This round ball is it for us.  As it takes care of us, we need to take care of it and we need to take care of one another.  We truly are neighbors, all of us.  Thank You Jesus.

Today is June 6 and the remembrance of the 75th year after the Invasion at Normandy in France (D-Day).  We talk about the victory there and our brave military and that’s ok.  However, I pray we remember our German brothers and sisters as well.  Today’s Germans are not the followers of Adolf Hitler.  I am reminded of all the great theologians from Germany, among them Dietrich Bonheoffer who resisted the Nazis to his own death and the compassion of today’s Prime Minister, Angela Merkel. Yes, an important battle was won but we also need to put as much or more energy into being inclusive of today’s Germany. Who is our neighbor? All on the planet, including Germany.

My Fitness Pondering

In my everyday movements and occurrences of bending over to pick up a piece of paper or something that someone dropped, I move so much easier now. I marvel at how I enjoy stooping or bending in the course of the day.  It all stems from my early morning workout.  Strength, endurance, and flexibility are all part of a cross-fit workout plan.  It doesn’t require great intensity only regular commitment.  It builds as it is done EVERY morning.  It all adds up over time.

My Music Pondering

I played a lot on the piano yesterday at church.  I also sang more country yesterday. I think the piano will help me lock down the melody of some of my country tunes while chords on the guitar just help me keep the beat.  Music is so wonderful.  Singing, or playing or both are gifts from God for which we should be eternally thankfully. Thank You Jesus.

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