The Gyroscope

When a ship is being tossed and turned in a storm, a gyroscope helps keep the floor of the ship balanced and even.  A gyroscope is a rapidly spinning wheel on an axis (like an axle of a car),  that tends to stay even, no matter how things are changing all around outside it.

After God’s people were settled in the Promised Land, they began to toss and turn like a ship in a rough sea.  They needed leaders who would be like gyroscopes for them. God gave them “Judges.”   Actually, they were more than that; they were also the ones who made laws and enforced them, as well as being warriors winning victories over God’s enemies. 

    The Holy Spirit within us is like a gyroscope.  When we feel as though situations are pushing and shoving us, the Holy Spirit gives order, balance and feelings of peace and joy.

Judges 2

Never breaking covenant v. 2
As for me, I serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
Walking in the ways of God v. 22
Praising You all the day long

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Tuesdays are dedicated to the Old Testament books of history
and the Hebrew “Writings.”

 

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Comfort Ye

Comfort, comfort my people!
    says your God.
Speak compassionately to Jerusalem,
        and proclaim to her that her compulsory service has ended,
    that her penalty has been paid,
    that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins!
Isaiah 40:1-2

In 1741, the great composer George Frideric Handel wrote “The Messiah.”  It’s one of the most famous choral works in music.  Most of the words come from the Bible.  After a musical introduction, the singing parts begin with a tenor voice ringing out: “Comfort ye!”  The lovely melody covers us like a soft blanket warming and comforting our bodies and our hearts.  Four times in one minute of the selection “Comfort ye!” sings out.  

Like clearing a space in the sand for a creating a castle, the music sweeps across the soul making an even space for reading the rest of the chapter.  Just like the verses proclaim, the places in your life that may feel rough and uneven, will become smooth and peaceful.  Listen to Jerry Hadley sing “Comfort Ye!” and “Every Valley.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dDjva1ecYo

Isaiah 40

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Comfort, comfort my people! v. 1
Clearing a way for the Lord v. 3
The Lord’s glory will appear. v. 5
The word of God forever v. 8

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Mondays are dedicated to the reading of the Hebrew Prophets.

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The Quilt

Heaven and earth will pass away,
but my words will certainly not pass away.
Mark 13:31

Imagine that all articles that are dear to you are spread out on a large quilt.  Take each of the four corners of the quilt into your hands and lift it up.  You might need help if it’s too heavy.

Jesus speaks about the end of the world when angels, from the four corners of the earth, will lift up to heaven those who have spent their life serving and loving.  Remember that in Jesus’ time, people thought the world was flat.

A new year of God’s grace begins today. Think of all the days in the year as though they are beautiful squares, stitched together in four large sections of a quilt.  These are the four seasons.  Feel the hours of each day as sacred threads God is giving you so that you can weave wonderful days together of love and kindness.

Mark 13:24-37

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Gathered from the four corners v. 27
You are near: door of my heart. v. 29
Your words not passing away v. 31
Watching out; staying alert v. 33

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The Sunday Gospels follow the Revised Common Lectionary.
This is Year B the Gospel of St. Mark

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