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Something to Ponder


Deo Gratias

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Deo Gratias is Latin for “Thanks be to God.” Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! Colleen at Thoughts on Grace has organized this meme and you can contribute by clicking here. This week I’m thankful for:

  • Good news from Act One! Act One offers Christian screenwriters training. I am an alum and submitted a story idea to their pitch fest. One independent producers, BLVD Pictures is interested in learning more. Now they’ll hear lots of ideas and this is a long shot, but it’s exciting to get some affirmation. I really have incentive to polish the story further.
  • Les Miserables. I just started reading this incredible book. Each page is pure delight.
  • Open Line. It’s a radio call in show about the Bible and I’m learning a lot.
  • A priest who’s a friend of a friend who shared the homily he wrote for Corpus Christi. I don’t understand the homilies in Chinese and his wisdom was outstanding. Such clarity to heighten my understanding of this theology.
  • Peter and Sabrina, two friends I’ve made here. Peter finished on Tuesday and Sabrina leaves on Saturday. Best wishes to them both.

Today’s Scripture

And for this reason you pay taxes, since the authorities are God’s public servants, continually attending to these tasks. Pay your obligations to everyone: taxes to those you owe taxes, tolls to those you owe tolls, respect to those you owe respect, and honor to those you owe honor.

Romans 13:6-7

Render onto Cesar.  God will see that you have what you need. It’s constant work for me to remember this, but I know I should.


Psalm 32

I’d like to take a closer look at the psalms so I’m going to choose one to ponder throughout the week. Here’s my first choice, Psalm 32.

Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. 2 Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit. 3 When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. “Selah” 5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”– and you forgave the guilt of my sin. “Selah” 6 Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him. 7 You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. “Selah” 8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. 9 Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. 10 Many are the woes of the wicked, but the LORD’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him. 11 Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!


I’m going to memorize this

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Ph 4:6-7

I saw this citation on a friend’s Facebook page. Quite wise and something I should remember. I haven’t done much in terms of memorizing scripture, but I see how it’s a positive.


What Do You Want to be Free From in 2012?

On Moody Bible Radio, they’ve been asking people to look within and pinpoint what is something they want to be free from. It’s a good question to ponder.

Here are some things I’d love to be free of:

  1. Memories of the bad job I walked away from and the courage to report the illegalities and bad practices I discovered there.
  2. Worry of what my future will hold and fears of what others may think as I plan my career. That I lose the fears that God won’t provide for me. Of course, He will! But I need that idea to deepen in my heart and mind.

From Richard Rohr

COMPASSIONATE ACTION

The term “liberation theology” has a negative connotation in the minds of some people. It sounds like something heretical, leftist, or Marxist, and certainly not “Biblical.” In fact, it is at the heart of the Judeo-Christian tradition and marks its very beginning. It is amazing that Christianity has been able to avoid the absolutely obvious for so long.

We see the beginnings of liberation theology as early as 1,200 years before Christ with the Exodus experience of the Jewish people. Something divine happened that allowed an enslaved group of Semitic people in Egypt to experience many levels of liberation from slavery to a “promised land.” The Exodus became both an external journey and an inner journey—the basic template and metaphor for the whole Bible. If the inner journey does not match and mirror the outer journey, we have no true liberation at all. Most groups choose just one side or the other; very few choose both. That is what liberation theology is honest enough to point out.