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Mondays Are The Most Difficult 060412

It seems culturally we all have a problem with Mondays. Many people do not have an easy time of it on Monday morning. We complain about not being able to sleep late, or we don’t feel well on Monday morning, having stretched, pulled and twisted every body part we have in weekend recreation, but it’s more like weekend deterioration.  Many complain about the shock of shifting so abruptly between the two worlds of home-family-church, which are more weekend activities and Monday through Friday world where we do not do weekend living, try as we’d like.

Psalm 20 can help steel us. Verse 4 says: 4May he grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your plans. and it helps to hear these words, by reminding us there is a goal involved in the work week. We are working because we have a dream, or because we have a plan. For many people in the world, saving for many years to buy their first metal gardening hoe is just such a dream. Think of the food one could grow with a metal tool!

Numbers 9 is also encouraging! In it we get the vision of the wandering Hebrew nation following a cloud of fire that burned day and night. When the cloud moved, they moved. When the cloud remained still, they stayed put. Sometimes on Monday, one can feel as if a cloud of fire would be helpful—to guide one where one should go this week, and maybe a huge cloud would be a clear enough sign for even me to see which way and which path to follow to walk deeper into the Kingdom of Heaven.

The final selection this morning is from Revelations. It presents a horrible and scary vision, and reminds me of an album cover from 1969 by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. I really like the music of Jimi Hendrix. I realize most of you weren’t even born when that music was created and that also is scary to me. So my review of the Revelations verse is to skip it for this morning; going back into the world is scary enough. And don’t listen to Hendrix before 9:00 pm.

Pray for peace, dream your dream and follow the cloud of fire

brother Bill

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Psalm 20

Numbers 9:15-23

Revelation 4:1-8

 

Psalm 20

1The Lord answer you in the day of trouble! The name of the God of Jacob protect you!

2May he send you help from the sanctuary, and give you support from Zion.

3May he remember all your offerings, and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices. Selah

4May he grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your plans.

5May we shout for joy over your victory, and in the name of our God set up our banners. May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.

6Now I know that the Lord will help his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with mighty victories by his right hand.

7Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses, but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God.

8They will collapse and fall, but we shall rise and stand upright.

9Give victory to the king, O Lord; answer us when we call.

Numbers 9:15-23

15On the day the tabernacle was set up, the cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of the covenant; and from evening until morning it was over the tabernacle, having the appearance of fire. 16It was always so: the cloud covered it by day and the appearance of fire by night. 17Whenever the cloud lifted from over the tent, then the Israelites would set out; and in the place where the cloud settled down, there the Israelites would camp. 18At the command of the Lord the Israelites would set out, and at the command of the Lord they would camp. As long as the cloud rested over the tabernacle, they would remain in camp. 19Even when the cloud continued over the tabernacle many days, the Israelites would keep the charge of the Lord, and would not set out. 20Sometimes the cloud would remain a few days over the tabernacle, and according to the command of the Lord they would remain in camp; then according to the command of the Lord they would set out. 21Sometimes the cloud would remain from evening until morning; and when the cloud lifted in the morning, they would set out, or if it continued for a day and a night, when the cloud lifted they would set out. 22Whether it was two days, or a month, or a longer time, that the cloud continued over the tabernacle, resting upon it, the Israelites would remain in camp and would not set out; but when it lifted they would set out. 23At the command of the Lord they would camp, and at the command of the Lord they would set out. They kept the charge of the Lord, at the command of the Lord by Moses.

Revelation 4:1-8

4After this I looked, and there in heaven a door stood open! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” 2At once I was in the spirit, and there in heaven stood a throne, with one seated on the throne! 3And the one seated there looks like jasper and carnelian, and around the throne is a rainbow that looks like an emerald. 4Around the throne are twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones are twenty-four elders, dressed in white robes, with golden crowns on their heads. 5Coming from the throne are flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and in front of the throne burn seven flaming torches, which are the seven spirits of God; 6and in front of the throne there is something like a sea of glass, like crystal. Around the throne, and on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: 7the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with a face like a human face, and the fourth living creature like a flying eagle.

8And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and inside. Day and night without ceasing they sing, “Holy, holy, holy, the Lord God the Almighty, who was and is and is to come.”

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

 

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