Pondering for Saturday, January 7, 2023

Daily Office Readings for January 7, Epiphany: Year 1

Morning, Psalm 103; Evening, Psalms 114 and 115
Isaiah 52:3 to 6Revelation 2:1 to 7John 2:1 to 11:

“Now therefore, what am I doing here, says the Lord, seeing that my people are taken away without cause? Their rulers howl, says the Lord, and continually, all day long, my name is despised.”  (Isaiah 52: 5)

Two years ago yesterday, was an awful day in our national capital.  There was rioting and someone was killed. Our leaders howled continually but God’s name was despised.

We pledge that we, these United States of America, are one nation “under God.”  But there was nothing godly about how people behaved in the insurrection that took place on the Day of Epiphany in our Nation’s Capital. The moral light of our Lord was all but extinguished.  But God wins, every time. We, these United States of America, have prevailed.

We can’t just give lip service to our belief in, and obedience to, God.  We must live our faith with real discipline and respect for national values.  We must maintain integrity and with prayer and patience, do the hard work of working through consensus. This is who we are. This is DRIPP.  It is Discipline, Respect, Integrity, Prayer and Patience. The DRIPP concept works for the individual as well as our country.  This is what the prophet Isaiah pondered.  It is what the saints who have gone before us have said. It is what we must heed. Let us DRIPP on.

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

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

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