Pondering for Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Daily Office Readings for Tuesday of the 2nd  Week of Advent 2020: Year 1

Morning, Psalms 26 and 28; Evening, Psalms 36 and 39;
Isaiah 5:13 to 17 and 24 to 251st  Thessalonians 5:12 to 28Luke 21:29 to 38

“And we urge you, beloved, to admonish the idlers, encourage the faint-hearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them. See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good;” (1St Thessalonians, 5: 14 to 21)

In Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians he gives them, and us, lessons in how to relate with each other. His instruction requires us to at least notice others; are they idlers, are they faint-hearted, are they weak?  We can’t live in community in a vacuum.  The implied answer to Cain’s question of “Am I my brother’s keeper?” is, yes. (Genesis 4:9)

It is hard to be patient and to rejoice always.  We have sad times.  We can however pray without ceasing.  Such prayer is not formal, spoken prayers, but rather, thoughts of appealing to God for help.  This can, and often should be done, quietly. It is being thankful and saying “Thank You Jesus” when you realize things could have been worse.

Regular reading of scripture certainly helps us in our relationship with others.  As you know, I read our Daily Office “daily.”  I don’t really get a lot from all of the readings.  But even acknowledging what I don’t like, helps.  There is much wisdom in the Bible.  But I advise you to say a little prayer before you read asking the Holy Spirit to assist you with understanding, and then a prayer of thanks at the conclusion. Perhaps a Bible Study group would help.  The prophets still speak to us through these ancient words.

Today we remember Nicholas of Myra; (AKA, Santa Claus).  As Nicholas lived, Santa Claus is real. Check him out at http://www.satucket.com/lectionary/Nicholas.htm

Please keep up your thoughts and prayers for Ukraine, Iran and China.

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

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