Pondering for Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Daily Office Readings for Tuesday of Proper 26 Year 1

AM Psalm 61, 62; PM Psalm 68:1-20(21-23)24-36 Neh. 12:27-31a,42b-47; Rev. 11:1-19; Matt. 13:44-52

Matthew 13: 44 – 46

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

 ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.”

These verses are all about prioritizing what we value. I have found that what I value has changed over time.  I value fancy cars and lots of money much less than I used to (if at all).  In fact, I really don’t care what kind of car I have now as long as it’s dependable.  As far as money is concerned, I just want to be reasonably comfortable, food, shelter, something to wear and my laptop, ha, ha.

Lifelong learning is the most important thing to me now, and yes, I would probably sell all I have in order to pay for a doctoral program at Virginia Theological Seminary or Duke University. Such an education would be my treasure or fine pearl.  I am a mentor for Education of Ministry (EfM) operated out of the School of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.  I tell my participants all the time that our class is not about them, it is about me, I love this stuff.  I say it jokingly, (But it’s kind of true too)

I just want to ponder more and more. Pondering is the way I pray.  For what would you sell “all you have” to buy?  It says a lot about who you are.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John+

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