Pondering for Friday, February 17, 2023

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

Morning, Psalm 102; Evening, Psalm 107:1-32:
Isaiah 65:17  ; 1st Timothy 5:17 to 25; Mark 12:28-34:

“Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.”  (Psalm 107: verses 6, 13, 19 and 28)

The above verse is repeated at regular intervals throughout this first half of Psalm 107 but not found at all in the remaining parts of this Psalm which is set aside for tomorrow morning. The author wants to remind us of the loving and forgiving mercy of God.

There are people who say they don’t know how to pray. But all people are engineered to cry when a sad or hurtful situation happens.  Crying is praying and God’s ears hears tears.  The Bible and more especially, the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer is a wonderful catalyst for initiating prayer.  But if you have neither, just let go and cry. There is never an occasion in the Bible where God, or an angel of God, did not attend to the one crying.

I looked ahead and will share with you the last verse of Psalm 107. I consider it food for the wise.

 “Whoever is wise will ponder these things, and consider well the mercies of the Lord.” (Psalm 107: 43)

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

 “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done” (Genesis 2:1 and 2). So, for this evening and tomorrow day my friends, Shabbat Shalom. 

What is Shabbat? Intro to the Jewish Sabbath – YouTube

As we listen to what the Spirit of God 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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