Pondering for Monday, November 1, 2021

Part 1 of 2

Daily Office Readings for Proper 26: Year 1

Morning, Psalms 56 and 57; Evening, Psalms 64 and 65;
Nehemiah 6:1 to 19Revelation10:1 to 11Matthew 13:36 to 43

“I will confess you among the peoples, O Lord; I will sing praise to you among the nations.” (Psalm 57)

For me, “confessing God” means giving God proper credit for the good that happens to us as we journey through life.  I know that the good that has happened to me was not of my own doing. There have been opportunities and breaks in my life that were beyond anything I could ask or imagine. There have been military or government rules or regulations that were broken or changed  that favored my further progression as a servant of God. And for all this I am so truly thankful.

I talk God up whenever I am with others in order that they understand that my progression in life is not my strategy conceived and built by me but rather by God.  I want people to put their trust in God again. We are not on our own to love. We are owned by Love.

Part 2 of 2

Today is All Saints Day! 

Eucharistic Readings for this day are Wisdom of Solomon 3:1 to 9; or Isaiah 25:6 to 9; Psalm 24; Revelation 21:1 to 6a; and John 11:32 to 44:

Too few people are aware of this annual remembrance. Most know about Halloween or, All Hallows Eve, the night before all Saints Day but have no idea about the day we set aside to remember the saints of old.  There are many. We have the apostle saints, Matthew, John, James, Peter and the others. We have the post resurrection saints, a list that we are still adding to, like Saints Paul, Francis, Mary (Mother of Jesus) and Mary Magdalene, Teresa and many, many others

The saints made great personal sacrifices while living out their godly lives. Many were martyred like Joan of ark and Martin Luther King Jr. and many others. Others also suffered in the teachings of God’s love but they maintained their faith no matter what, setting for us examples of righteous living. “Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good, because God tested them and found them worthy of himself:” (Wisdom of Solomon 3:5).  Remember from part 1 of today: “I will confess you among the peoples, O Lord; I will sing praise to you among the nations.” (Psalm 57)

As we listen to what the Spirit is saying to us, let us live to love, to serve, and to teach, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John

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