Pondering for Saturday, February 20, 2021

Daily Office Readings for Saturday of the Last Week of Epiphany: Year 1

AM Psalms 30 and 32; PM Psalms 42 and 43;   
Deuteronomy 7:17 to 26Titus 3:1 to15John 1:43 to 51

5.  With the voice of praise and thanksgiving,
among those who keep holy-day.

6. Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul?
And why are you so disquieted within me?

7. Put your trust in God; for I will yet give thanks to him,
who is the help of my countenance, and my God.

Psalm 42: 5 to 7

Two of the three verses above of Psalm 42 are also written in Psalm 43.  At some point they may have been one Psalm.  In any case today, Saturday, is Holy Day. In my private and personal spiritual life I have decided to follow our Lord Jesus in remembering the Sabbath and keeping it holy.  I still follow the Christian Worship day of Sunday Morning; the First Day of the Week, but the Sixth Day is set aside for rest, not worship as I am coming to understand the word “rest.”

As for as verses 6 and 7 above, I pray that God calms my disquieted soul.  And I do put my trust in God and give thanks to God who is my help and my countenance, my God for whom I am eternally thankful. I wouldn’t even exist if it were not for God. Thank You Lord Jesus.

Today we remember Frederick Douglass; Orator and Advocate for Truth and Justice,1895.

Born as a slave in February 1818, Frederick Douglass was separated from his mother at the age of eight and given by his new owner, Thomas Auld, to his brother and sister-in-law, Hugh and Sophia Auld. Sophia attempted to teach Frederick to read, along with her son, but her husband put a stop to this, claiming, “it would forever unfit him to be a slave.” … “At the age of 14, he had experienced a conversion to Christ in the African American Episcopal Church, and his recollection of that tradition’s spiritual music sustained him in his struggle for freedom: “Those songs still follow me, to deepen my hatred of slavery, and quicken my sympathies for my brethren in bonds.” An outstanding orator, Douglass was sent on speaking tours in the Northern States sponsored by the American Anti-Slavery Society.” (From Great Cloud of Witnesses for February 20)

Frederick Douglass too must have had a disquieted soul and depended on God to calm his soul.

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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