Daily Office Readings for Friday of the 1st Week of Advent: Year 2
Morning, Psalm 16, and 17; Evening, Psalm 22;
Amos 5:1 to 17; Jude 1 to 16; Matthew 22:1 to 14:
“All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land, upon those who are noble among the people.” (Psalm 16:2)
We need to appreciate good people more. It seems all the news goes to the negative folk in our communities; to the mass shooters, the crooked politicians, and today, the smash and grabbers.
We need to show appreciation for the godly that are in the land, those who are courteous in the store and in traffic. We need to take a moment to award those who, while they do not agree with the majority on an issue, will behave as if the opposing view was their own.
We need to give thanks for good parents, and for me, good fathers who raise children who are not biologically theirs, and care for their mothers. This is what Joseph, the human father of Jesus, did. And yet, we have no words from him.
There are plenty of people who are trying every day to do what is right in the world. Let’s reach out and compliment the goodness of people who go unnoticed. They bring harmony to our communities and are standing right beside us as we witness those who do wrong and get all kinds of attention. If we honored those among us who live godly lives, perhaps more people would be inclined to be the same, the godly people God is making them to be. Let’s do this this weekend as we enter our Sabbath time.
“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done” (Genesis 2:1 and 2). So, for this evening and tomorrow day my friends, Shabbat Shalom.
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
One thought on “Pondering for Friday, December 3, 2021”
In our country and the world we have many organizations outside the controls of established religious organizations wherein like minded good folks work to improve society or assist our weaker or unlucky bothers and sisters. These organizations may be overtly secular or quietly faithful, but they all work on parts of the Love Thy Neighbor instruction.