Pondering for Saturday, February 18, 2023

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

Morning, Psalm 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13); Evening, Psalm 33;
Isaiah 66:1 to 61st Timothy 6:6 to 21Mark 12:35 to 44:

“Let your loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us, as we have put our trust in you.” (Psalm 33:22)

I feel the Daily Office should have Psalm 33 read in the morning rather than at night. It is very motivational.  There is not a sad note in it. This Psalm encouraged us to play musical instruments and sing to the Lord and it tells us what does not work to save us, that is, personal strength or horses or anything of the earth.

This thought of depending on God and in Christ Jesus is also found in the words of Paul as he writes to Timothy in our reading for today.  Paul says of our needs; “Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these.” (1st Timothy 6: 6 to 8) 

Paul also addresses those who might think they can save themselves. He says, “As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.  They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.”  (1st Timothy 6: 17 to 19)

Psalm 33 and Paul’s words to Timothy for today are uplifting and a good way to start our mornings.  I encourage all to read the office for today.

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

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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