Pondering for Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Daily Office Readings for Wednesday after the 5th Sunday of Easter: Year 2

Psalm 72; Psalm 119:73-96; Lev. 19:1-18; 1 Thess. 5:12-28; Matt. 6:19-24

Today we remember Frances Perkins: Public Servant and Prophetic Witness, 1965

“Frances Perkins was the first woman to serve a President of the United States as a member of the Cabinet.” (Great Cloud of Witnesses for May 13)

“As a young adult, she discovered The Episcopal Church and was confirmed at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest, Illinois, on June 11, 1905, and she remained a faithful and active Episcopalian for the remainder of her life.” (Great Cloud of Witnesses for May 13)

“President Roosevelt appointed her to a Cabinet post as Secretary of Labor, a position she would hold for twelve years. As Secretary of Labor, Perkins would have a major role in shaping the New Deal legislation signed into law by President Roosevelt, most notably the establishment of the Social Security program.”  (Great Cloud of Witnesses for May 13)

“During her years of public service, Frances Perkins depended upon her faith, her life of prayer, and the guidance of her church for the support she needed to assist the United States and its leadership to face the enormous problems of the time. During her time as Secretary of Labor, she would take time away from her duties on a monthly basis and make a retreat with the All Saints Sisters of the Poor in nearby Catonsville, Maryland. She spoke publicly of how the Incarnation informed her conviction that humans ought to work with God to create a just Christian social order.” (Great Cloud of Witnesses for May 13)

All of the above comes from The Great Cloud of Witnesses for May 13. I decided to just dedicate today to her in my pondering for today.  I am very impressed with the dedicated devotion of Frances Perkins. Many of us have busy lives.  Perkins too had a very busy life but she made time monthly to refresh herself by taking a retreat.  We could all learn from her example.  We become more effective when we carve out some time to be with God in an intentional way.   Thank you Frances

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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