Pondering for Monday September 2, 2019

Daily Office Readings for Monday of Proper 17 Year 1

AM Psalm 25; PM Psalm 9, 15 2 Chron. 6:32-7:7; James 2:1-13; Mark 14:53-65

“I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all your marvelous works.”  (Psalm 9:1)

I found this first verse of Psalm 9 most reflective of how I feel towards God.  I am thankful for my existence realizing that I didn’t have to be at all.  I am fully aware that some people seem to exist only to suffer.  And that is a shame. I don’t believe suffering is what God wants for anyone.

I do tell people of my experiences with God and how God has often communicated to me (through others) God’s love for all people. I do not understand how come we don’t let ourselves have compassion for others. Perhaps we relate to others without going through God.  I believe this is why we are commanded to love God first and then to love others as God loves us.

I believe the awareness of the presence of God ought to be the first lesson a child is taught. I think to learn to sit still and just be open to the Presence of God and to understand that one’s own existence and the existence of others has come into being because of the Creator’s initiative is so important.

It is for the opportunity to be in loving relationship with others that I give thanks to the Lord, as the Psalmist says. And “I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing to your Name, O Most High” (Psalm 9:2) 

I fully realize that there are hateful people all around us.  And this is sad.  It is not what God wants however.  The rest of us must not live in despair.  We can’t let hate win.  More of us need to “give thanks to God and tell of God’s marvelous works” as they are revealed to us in our own life experiences. Again I must say, I can never see what God is doing in the moment, but I can always look back and see what God has done.  And for this gift of realizing that God is actively present in our lives, I for one, am truly thankful.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through God’s people. John+

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