Pondering for Thursday, January 7, 2021

Daily Office Readings for January 7, Epiphany: Year 1

AM Psalm 103; PM Psalms 114 and 115
Isaiah 52:3 to 6Revelation 2:1 to 7John 2:1 to 11:

“Now therefore, what am I doing here, says the Lord, seeing that my people are taken away without cause? Their rulers howl, says the Lord, and continually, all day long, my name is despised.”  (Isaiah 5: 5)

Last night was awful in our nation’s capital.  There was rioting and people died . Our leader howled and continually God’s name was despised.

We pledge that we, these United States of America, are one nation “under God.”  But there was nothing godly about how people behaved in the insurrection that took place on the Day of Epiphany in our Nation’s Capital. The moral light of our Lord was all but extinguished.  But God wins, every time. We, these United States of America, will prevail.

We can’t just give lip service to our belief in, and obedience to, God.  We must live our faith with real discipline and respect for our national values.  We must maintain integrity and with prayer and patience, do the hard work of working through consensus. This is who we are. This is DRIPP.  It is Discipline, Respect, Integrity, Prayer and Patience. The DRIPP concept works for the individual as well as our country.  This is what the prophet Isaiah pondered.  It is what the saints who have gone before us have said. It is what we must heed.

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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