Faith, Fitness and Music Pondering for Friday, June 7, 2019

My Faith Pondering

Daily Office Readings for Friday in Week 7 of Easter – Year 1

AM Psalm 102; PM Psalm 107:1-32Ezek. 34:17-31; Heb. 8:1-13; Luke 10:38-42

“The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.”  (Hebrews 8:8)

Jeremiah 31: 31 -34 is one of my favorite quotes in the Bible.  I recognize the words from our Hebrews reading today to be the same words.  I like it when other writers like the same readings that I do, more especially the ancient ones. It somehow affirms me. So thank you, writer of Hebrews.

I have looked at the Jeremiah reading through my Christian lens. In this reading I saw the coming of Jesus and the New Covenant, an unbreakable covenant.  But like all covenants that God makes with us this covenant too requires us to believe it and live accordingly.  I really like the part where it says “I will put my laws in their minds, and write them on their hearts.”  Even so, God still does not make us use this divine resource to guide our lives.  We must choose to do so. The wiring is in us, the program is set.  We just need to choose God back.  God has already chosen us.

I spoke with a man last night about warring sides where both sides say that God is on their side.  He asked me what I thought.  I guess the Holy Spirit gave me the response because I had really not put words together like this before. I told him God is really with those who are advocating for the oppressed.  It was that way with Moses freeing the Israelites out of Egypt; it was that way in our own Civil War for oppressed slaves; and it was that way when Nazis began to dominate Europe.  No country owns God or can claim God as being on their side.  God is on the side of the oppressed. That not only goes at national or human dominions but it makes itself manifest right down to the family level. God stands with the oppressed. This is the New Covenant written on our hearts.

My Fitness Pondering

I did my Daily Seven today.  There was no big thrill or excitement.  I just did them.  I guess that’s the way it has to be sometimes.  But I will tell you this; there is always the satisfaction that I did not let myself down.  I respected me! It would be easy to just say “I’ll just skip today and get back into it tomorrow.”  For me, it would also be shameful.  I have put myself in “automatic” mode.  No thinking, just doing.  I start my thinking and praying with my coffee now as I am typing the closing to today’s journal.  Lead Me, Guide Me, Along the Way.  Thank You Jesus.

My Music Pondering

I played the piano last night with blinders on to prevent me from looking at the keys.  I had to adjust by sound.  I had to strike keys based on how they sounded to get back on track.  In doing so, I am trying to comprehend how blind musicians make it work and how so many of them are so gifted. And I realize gifts are not achieved.  They are gifts.  But me trying is a way of praying for a musical gift.

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