Pondering for Saturday, February 1, 2020

Daily Office Readings for Saturday in the Week of the Third Sunday after the Epiphany: Year 2

Psalm 55; Psalm 138, 139:1-17(18-23) Gen. 18:1-16; Heb. 10:26-39; John 6:16-27

“Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain to it. Where can I go then from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?”  (Psalm 139:5 – 6)

I don’t agree with all of Psalm 139, at least not the “hate” parts.  But the all-knowing acceptance about who God is, I totally do agree with.   From my previous ponderings I have come to understand that God is “Being”, is “Existence”, is “Thinking”, and therefore, is living “Pondering”. This is the AM of “I AM” of God.  It is not God was, or God will be.  No. this is God Is.  So there are two points to note here.  First, God is fulfilled in God is Love.  All creation, including you and me, are made manifest in love, God’s love.

Second, from the Psalmist, God is everywhere.  Wow!  There is no place we can go that God is not there and this includes to the rest room or in a coma. And, no matter where you go or in what condition you find yourself, God has always been there and will always be there.  God is in our history, in our present and in our future.  God is in our decisions and our emotions.  God does not always like our decisions or the outcomes of what we decide to do, but God, the God of love, is still very present.

We cannot attain to the level of God’s intellect.  We can try, and should try, but we cannot.  Being made aware of this does not mean we shouldn’t try.  I am a life-long learner and life-long lover. So I have modified the Vulcan greeting of “Live long and prosper.”  My version is: “Live long, learn and love.” You “Trekies” out there will understand this. So for all of us, let’s live long, learn and love always and to the last of our mortal days. There is no escaping God. We can’t hide from God nor can we deny the good of God that is made manifest in our lives. And for that, thank you Lord Jesus.

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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