Today’s Scripture Selection: Psalm 64:9

“…they will proclaim the works of God and ponder what he has done.”

Do you ponder things?  I know I do.

I suppose it is something of an occupational hazard (or blessing, depending on your perspective) of people in ministry.

We like to proclaim and ponder and hopefully others find what we say worth pondering and proclaiming in return.

Others don’t spend a lot of time meditating or reflecting – they are action oriented – “Get something done!” is their motto.

But I would argue that spending some time prayerfully pondering something is doing something – something very important.  Especially if what one has learned is shared with others in a spirit of love.  That’s the proclaiming part.  It’s not about proclaiming for the sake of making a lot of noise.  It’s about sharing God’s word and wisdom with others for the sheer joy of it.

So, I would invite you to do a little healthy pondering this week – spiritual pondering to be exact.

Do what the Psalmist invites us to do:

“Let the righteous rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in him; let all the upright in heart praise him!”

Consider the ways God

  • Listens to you
  • Strengthens you
  • Guides you
  • Forgives you
  • Loves you

That’s worth pondering about.

Prayer: Lord, for all the blessings of this day, I give thanks.  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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