Faith, Fitness and Music Pondering for Saturday June 8, 2019

My Faith Pondering

Daily Office Readings for Saturday of the 7th Week of Easter – Year 1

AM Psalm 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) Ezek. 43:1-12; Heb. 9:1-14; Luke 11:14-23

“Let the one who is wise heed these things and ponder the loving deeds of the Lord.” (Psalm 107:43)

While we have Psalm 107 verses 33 to 43 for today, I reviewed all of this Psalm.  I notice that verses 8, 15, 21 and 31 say the same thing and that is, “Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind” The NRSV replaces mankind with children.  But the greater point is that in only two verses before each of these verses, it is said that the people “cry” to the Lord and like I always say, God’s ears hears tears.  I like this Psalm also because it does not specifically lock down a particular time in Biblical history. It basically reflects the continuing relationship between God and us.  So verse 43 has much meaning for the wise among us. “Let the one who is wise heed these things and ponder the loving deeds of the Lord.” Let us ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  Ponder, I like that word.

Today we also remember Roland Allen. “Roland Allen was an English missionary, supported by the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (SPG) who served briefly in North China and for many years in East Africa. Allen believed that the mission work of the western churches was paternalistic and deeply rooted in colonialist values that were incompatible with the gospel.” (Great Cloud of Witnesses for June 8)

In many situations, “Allen favored clergy who were “tentmakers”—engaged in secular employment while serving their congregations—after the example of St. Paul.” (Great Cloud of Witnesses for June 8) “Paul went to see them, and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them.” (Acts 18:2 – 3)  This is personal for me.  From the beginning I wanted to be a “working” priest.  But it was not to be.  However, as I approach mandatory retirement, many possibilities are opening for me. Thank You Jesus.

My Fitness Pondering

Even though I’m in a rush today, I did my Daily Seven.  Now, no matter what happens, I won’t go through the rest of the day upset because I didn’t do them.  The good news is, whatever else in the way of physical exercise I do, just adds to what I’ve already done.  It’s cumulative. That’s good.

My Music Pondering

I went back to the scales.  Scales are the fundamentals to playing music.  So, I am trying the blinded scale playing.  It’s working out pretty good so far.  I am really getting the feel of where my fingers are on the keyboard.  I have my standard tunes I like to play and that list is growing.  The more I learn to play new stuff, the easier it is to learn even more new stuff.  That’s Great!!

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