Today’s Scripture Selection: Psalm 119:15

“I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.”

Our minds, and hearts, and be filled with lots of things.

There is a constant flow of “input” – to use a rather technical word.  Unfortunately, as the old saying goes, usually applied to computers, “garbage in; garbage out.”

So from time to time I like to turn to the musings of the Psalmist who talks about meditating on God’s precepts and considering God’s ways.  That same author continues,

“I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.”

That’s very sound counsel indeed.

When there is so much upon which we might meditate; so much in which we might delight – good or bad – it is good advice to be sure that we do not neglect God’s word because there we find life.

So turn off the radio or TV or computer, find a quiet place, and do a little meditating, sometime soon.

I am sure you will find something worth pondering, something worth considering, and something in which you can delight.

That’s what people have been doing for thousands and thousands of years.

And, so far, they haven’t run out of good things to find.

Prayer: Lord, open my eyes, ears, heart, and mind to you daily, may I never neglect the gift of your word.  AMEN.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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