Pondering for Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Daily Office Readings for Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter: Year 2

Morning, Psalm 5 and 6; Evening, Psalm 10 and 11

Exodus 15:1 to 211st Pet. 1:13 to 25John 14:18 to 31;

“Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God.” (1st Peter 1: 21)

I think Peter in his first letter here is correct about what our Lord Jesus was, and is, doing.  It is through our Lord Jesus that we Christians have come to trust in God.  Often we Christians only focus on Jesus and not on where He is still pointing us to, that is, to the Creator of all creation. It is in the early hours that I ponder these things. “In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; early in the morning I make my appeal and watch for you.” (Psalm 5:3)

God is Creator, Sustainer and Sanctifier.  God is everywhere all the time.  Peter tells us that through God raising Jesus from the dead, and then placed in our midst, our faith and hope should be set on God, the All Mighty, invincible, God only wise.  We all should be looking to God for answers to all our problems.  God cares for us and wants us to come to God for spiritual survival.

This God of spiritual survival is very present in Ukraine. Oh for sure, some Ukrainians have died. But even those who have died are with God now in paradise.

I truly admire President Zelenskyy and his upbeat encouragement.  He is working for all Ukrainians, regardless of where they live in Ukraine. He is struggling to help those who are on the Russian border as well as those who have been slaughtered around the capital and in the western part of Ukraine. He is asking for help and we should give it to him. And we should continue to keep him and his people in our daily, and particularly, our morning prayers.

Regardless of how we build and use a path to God, there is only One Source of love and life. Some individuals, institutions and even countries don’t get it. Love and life come from the same Source, and it is to this Source that Jesus was directing us so that our faith and hope are set on this Source of love and life. The Spirit of the Source was surely speaking through Saint Peter. Thank you Saint Peter.

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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