Pondering for Monday, February 13, 2023

Daily Office Readings for Monday of the 6th Week of Epiphany: Year 1

Morning, Psalm 89:1-18; Evening, Psalm 89:19-52:
Isaiah 63:1-61st Timothy 1:1-17Mark 11:1-11:

“But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief,  and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.” (1stTimothy 1:13 and 14)

This verse resonates with me because I have not always been where I am now in my faith.  I too was ignorant in matters of what God was calling me to do for the benefit of those around me. To get where I am it took years of attending Church and being in Christian community. I am so thankful that God saw me as someone worth turning around.  

Now, I must always remember that God works in me, not just for me, but more importantly, for the community in which I live. I pray that I am an instrument of God’s love and peace, a shining light that others might see and also join me in God’s ministry of love and peace.

So  I will close also with Paul’s words for today as they apply to me also, “But for that very reason I received mercy, so that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display the utmost patience, making me an example to those who would come to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” (1st Timothy 1:16 and 17)

Please keep up your thoughts and prayers and hopes for Ukraine, Turkey and Syria.

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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