Pondering for Friday, February 25, 2022

Daily Office Readings for Friday of the Seventh Week of Epiphany: Year 2

Morning, Psalms 140 and 142; Evening,  Psalms 141143:1-11(12);
Proverbs 8:1 to 21Philemon 1 to 25John 12:9 to 19:

“Give heed to my cry, for I am brought very low. Save me from my persecutors, for they are too strong for me.” (Psalm 142:6)

This is one of four Psalms appointed for today. I pray this Psalm for the people of Ukraine who have now come under Russian attack. This is so sad. I think God asks “when will we cease from being evil to one another?”

I cry for the people of Ukraine, and so, my cry goes up in prayer. When we cry, we pray. God’s ears hears tears.

God did not bring us about to harm one another. God brought us into being to love one another and to care for this fragile planet earth, our island home, and God’s favorite jewel in the created universe, this perfect blue marble.

But we have transgressed God’s law of life for humanity. In particular, the ruling authorities of Russia have followed a leader who is not concerned with the joy of a neighbor, but rather more concerned with his own personal power. But, all power belongs to God: (Psalm 62:11).

God created us to love one another and care for creation and this earth. Humanity, on this earth, has established communities of governments which preserve the various cultures that we have come to love, trust and abide by. No one of us should orchestrate  a destructive force against a peaceful people who are trying to live harmoniously with the rest of us. The problems we face with the war in Ukraine is not one of Russian aggression, but rather, Russian leadership aggression. I don’t believe God is okay with what is going on. I know I’m not. God loved us into being. therefore, we are creatures of God’s love. We all should act as such. “Give heed to my cry, for I am brought very low.”

 I ask us all to please keep the people of Ukraine in our prayers.  Thanks.

“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. 

What is Shabbat? Intro to the Jewish Sabbath – YouTube

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, February 25, 2022

  1. I feel very bad for the people who are in this war so Putin can rule the universe one chunk at a time. God bless the Ukrainians. I will keep them in prayers.


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