Pondering for Thursday, February 16, 2023

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

Morning, Psalm 105:1-22; Evening, Psalm 105:23-45:
Isaiah 65:1 to 121st Timothy 4:1 to 16Mark 12:13 to 27:

“Have nothing to do with profane myths and old wives’ tales. Train yourself in godliness, for, while physical training is of some value, godliness is valuable in every way, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” (1st Timothy 4: 7 and 8)

While Paul says to be cautious about profane myths and old wives tales, I wonder if Paul realizes that many of the myths and old wives tales are actually found in our Scriptures.  But I do agree with Paul regarding both physical and godly training.  I also believe that while physical training enhances our current mortal health, our godly training continues with us in our next life.

Paul informs us, especially the faithful among us, that while in this mortal life we carry on as we are physically able depending on our physical health. However, in the spiritual realm our faith keeps us alive in Christ Jesus. Paul says, “For to this end we toil and struggle, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.” (1st Timothy 4:10)

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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