Pondering for Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Daily Office Readings for Tuesday after the 5th Sunday of Lent: Year 2

Psalm [120], 121, 122, 123; Psalm 124, 125, 126, [127] Exod. 5:1-6:1; 1 Cor. 14:20-33a,39-40; Mark 9:42-50

 “Then Moses turned again to the Lord and said, ‘O Lord, why have you mistreated this people? Why did you ever send me?”  (Exodus 5:22)

Moses is caught between the rock and the hard place.  His demanding of Pharaoh to release the people of Israel in order that they may go and worship God has caused Pharaoh to be even more severe with the Israelites. Now he will not provide for them the material for making the bricks but also holding the same expectation of quantity of bricks as before. Moses feels trapped.

God has not changed.  Today God will engage us in activity that will inconvenience us and cost us time and often money.  But like with Moses, God will not abandon us.  People who don’t know or can’t sense God will only hold you responsible for what is happening (or not happening).  They don’t want to hear your “God-talk.”  They want you to get out of their way.  But you must endure no matter the costs. I often tell people this is how we know a path is from God.  First, it is inconvenient. Second, it takes us out of our comfort zone.  Third, there is the issue of time and or money (often both). And fourth, the act is for the benefit of someone else, not you. Hey, God has not changed. Just ask Moses.  God is unchangeable. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. But know this, God will not abandon you. Amen.

Today we remember John Donne Priest, 1631. The words below were taken from “A Great Cloud of Witnesses for March 31”

“Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls: It tolls for thee.”  “These words are familiar to many; their author, John Donne, though less well known, is one of the greatest of English poets. In his own time, he was the best-known preacher in the Church of England. He came to that eminence by a tortuous path. Born into a wealthy and pious Roman Catholic family on January 21, 1572, in London, he was educated at both Oxford and Cambridge, and studied law at Lincoln’s Inn. Some time later he conformed to the Established Church and embarked upon a promising political career of service to the State. The revelation of his secret marriage in 1601 to the niece of his employer, the Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, brought his public career to an end. In 1615, he was persuaded by King James I and others to receive ordination. John Donne died in London on March 31, 1631.”

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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