Pondering for Monday, April 17, 2023

Daily Office Readings for Monday of the 2nd Week of Easter: Year 1:

Morning, Psalms 1, 2 and 3; Evening, Psalms 4 and 7
Daniel 1:1 to 211st John 1:1 to 10John 17:1 to 11

“I lie down and go to sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.” (Psalm 3:5)

I often find the words of the Psalms a way to expand beyond the locked in narratives of the Bible.  This phrase in Psalm 3 for example, captures my nightly reflection of the day just past.  What was I thankful for?  How was I challenged?  What would I change going forward? 

I am also, like the Psalmist, so thankful that God sustains me day in and day out. I pray that my thoughts, words and actions are pleasing to God. These blogs are begun at night, the night before they are to be published for the next day. My thoughts first go into my personal journal. From the journal I decide what I want to share with the world.  I read and reflect on all the readings for the next day and pray in the Spirit. It is in such prayer that thoughts come to me. These I ponder and print.

I encourage everyone who listens to me (or reads me), to have some time of reflection.  I find that a review of the day just past, is the best time to do this.  Also, spiritual reading motivates the goodness within us as our soul strives to get closer to God. Such a practice really does wake us the next day in thanksgiving to God.

For me, it is so wonderful to review the thoughts and prayers from last night and then share them with you. It is my hope that these words of mine will enhance the life of all who may read this blog. Just as I have been changed in good ways by reading the work of the saints who have gone before me, so too maybe my words may help others to be a better, and more loving people. 

Please keep up your thoughts and prayers and hopes for Ukraine and Russia and our schools.

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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