Pondering for Friday, January 29, 2021

Daily Office Readings for Friday of the 3rd Week of Epiphany: Year 1

AM Psalm 40 and  54; PM Psalm 51;
Isaiah 50:1to11Galatians 3:15to 22Mark 6:47to56

“The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word.  Morning by morning he wakens— wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught.”  (Isaiah 50:4)

I truly feel that the pastor-teacher gift is one that God has given to me.  However, I know that to teach one has to first know and do.  People who have taught me actually lived what they taught. I too have lived many of life’s experiences, the good and the bad.

As I do my Daily Office, my morning prayers, I get a sense of Isaiah’s words where he says, “Morning by morning he wakens— wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught.” As I hear God I ponder what really speaks to me and then I share it as in teaching with this blog.

This daily practice is life changing. I have learned to respect the Sabbath now and look forward to my Sabbath reflective time.  This blog itself is another of many modifications in my life where God has, and is acting in my life. I exercise daily, I have re-enrolled in piano class again and much more. I share all this as I use my life as a teaching tool and an example of how God is always with us, coaching us to be in union with God for the benefit of our communities.

Having the tongue of a teacher is fine but must be lived as well. If you are weary, I pray my words and the sharing of my life is sustaining for you. Even as I get older God keeps me active. We should remember where we have been, but always look ahead to where we are going. Just as I teach, I also submit to being taught. We all need each other and God who wakens our ear to listen as those who are taught.

For this evening: Shabbat Shalom

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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