Sunday, September 02, 2007

Sunday- A little Word

Saying for the Day- Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Just about every one who has been raised in the Church knows the 23rd Psalm. It is a Psalm often read at funerals because it is comforting. Many people have memorized it.
Like all well known bits of scripture we give very little thought to what it says. What does it mean, for example that” goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life”?
At first glance it would seem to mean that God is going to pour out His goodness and mercy on us as long as we live. If we are a believer this is what God will give us.
There is another possibility , however. The text says goodness and mercy will follow. Is it not possible that this is the trail the Christian leaves behind. AS we move through the world doing the best we can to do what God wants we spread goodness and mercy. It follows behind us.
We , as Christians, set an example of goodness and loving kindness that change the lives of others. We do this not just with words but by actions. We visit the sick and the lonely. We carry on a prison ministry. We feed the hungry. WE strive for equal justice for all people. Behind us, following us is a trail of goodness and mercy.
Think about it.

@@@@ News from Pigeon Falls-The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and sermons are preached.– Pastor Castle is one dynamic speaker. You do not sleep when she preaches . This morning she preached on God’s love calling us to do something about World Hunger. She said there was a little girl in Latin America who wouldn’t have anything to eat today but could have been fed if some American had opened his or her heart and wallet. If we could only see what we could do if we weren’t so selfish. We can reach out and feed that little girl and others like her through the National Church’s World Hunger program.
After the service , during the coffee hour, people talked about the sermon. A few said we should take care of our own first, never mind helping foreigners. Others said it made them stop and think. Pastor Joan says that we will see what happens to the World Hunger Offering.
Nancy and Tommy TW will be spending the day trying to find white or almost white horses. They seem to be in very short supply.

Today's Link:Reflections on Life and Spirituality- Today what it means to be a friend.
Went to church this morning. It was a very nice service. I will certainly miss Pastor Joel when he retires. You couldn't find a more loving, deeply committed Pastor in any church. In the afternoon Pennie and Betty washed the fence getting it ready to Paint. I Got Dawn's blogs and pictures all boxed and ready to ship. They are sitting with the prizes to be mailed out. But there is no mail tomorrow. Betty has surgery Tuesday morning. So when they get mailed I have no idea. Now I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Louisiana said...

I thought about it and i thank you. i love it. i love your Sunday sermons. i love it when i read your words and think i'm sitting in front of you hearing you speak...

i look forward to your 'words of wisdom' and your perspective on things..

thank you, for this is a great way to start sunday. i hope you breathing was good last night and you slept well. hugs to you and Betty. xo

6:43 AM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

The 23rd Psalm and my favorite Hymn "The Lord's My Shepherd", how nice to read this today. Thankyou for sharing Dr John

Blessings to you and Betty for wonderful long weekend.


Congratulations for being Bestowed the "The Nice Matters Award" by Cindy.

7:20 AM  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

Has Nancy tried Googling white horses?

8:34 AM  
Blogger Catch said...

I am very glad to read your post today as I missed Church should be about goodness and mercy...opening your heart to people and trying to be the person Jesus wants us to be...and goodness and mercy will follow us. Thank you for this post, it was very good Dr John. So appropriate for a Sunday morning. Wishing you and Betty a wonderful Labor Day weekend.

10:53 AM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

"The text says goodness and mercy will follow. Is it not possible that this is the trail the Christian leaves behind. AS we move through the world doing the best we can to do what God wants we spread goodness and mercy. It follows behind us."

Interesting take Dr John,
I wonder how many of us would be so forgiving say, if we got crucified for habing done so wrong

When we are so wuick to condemn those who do wrong, even if they do no wrong to us

2:10 PM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

PS - oddly enough it is often the hardest and easiest to do

when we are down or in need ourselves we often feed we are in no position to offer others help
(often because we fear being told - well why doesn't your god help you)
when we are on top of the world,
well we are just too busy but to have a good time (and care for) our closest family & friends ...

2:13 PM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

but hey oddly enough
even non believers are nice to family and friends and/or those who are nice to them

2:14 PM  
Blogger Margaret said...

I'm not rich. Struggle often with time, depression and other matters. However - I have no doubt that "goodness and mercy" follow me.

Material things aside, soulful riches and goods I see all over the place.

That's all that matters.

4:48 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

Sunday is my favorite day to visit your blog.

I can only hope that "a trail of goodness and mercy follow" me. It is a humbling thought.

Hope all goes well for Betty. She'll be in my prayers.

8:41 AM  

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