Daily Office Readings for Monday, June 10, 2019 (Proper 5)
Note from John Frazier: One Who Ponders
I am evolving. As such, I am again changing my format a little. I am continuing with my fitness and music but have decided to move them below the surface of water. So what you will see of this iceberg is my faith or spiritual sharing. I find it a better way to faith- focus. Blessings, John
“My heart is firmly fixed, O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and make melody. Wake up, my spirit; awake, lute and harp; I myself will waken the dawn. (Psalm 57: 7 – 8)
Now after having said all of that about putting music and fitness below the surface, The Psalmist puts forth some words I can’t resist. “I will sing and make melody.” And also, “Wake up, my spirit; awake, lute and harp.” The music maker in me can’t let this not be reflected. There are many occasions of writings in the Bible where music is favorably mentioned. This is all I need to see to keep me going. I have heard it said before that, “singing is praying twice.” I like that.
“What do you want me to do for you?” (Luke 18:41)
This blind man risks the rebuke of the people around him to get the attention of Jesus. He prevails. And in his case, he must have at one time had sight because “He said, ‘Lord, let me see again.”
There are three lessons displayed here. First, faith compels us to defy the hush of those who attempt to deprive us of what God wants to do for us. But we must persevere in our pursuit of getting our opportunity to be heard by God (prayer).
Second, the same people who oppose you will often be used by God to bring you closer to God. So, while we will not be stifled by them we should welcome their assistance when it is helpful to be brought closer to Christ.
Third, I have to mention that it was the inherent faith already in the blind man that Jesus used to give him back his sight. “Jesus said to him, ‘Receive your sight; your faith has saved you.’” (Luke 18:42) We all have this faith. Some of us try to deny we have it but we all do. This faith that God has placed in us is used by God to help us in order that we might help in carrying out the Gospel, the Good News that the Kingdom of God has come near.
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do.