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Making the Springtime Decisions 010213

 

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Today’s Scriptures Click the following links to read today’s scriptures or scroll to the very bottom of this blog post for those scriptures also. Lectionary Scriptures for the day selected by http://www.commontexts.org/

 

Psalm 147:12-20 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20147:12-20&version=MSG

 

Proverbs 1:1-7 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%201:1-7&version=MSG

 

James 3:13-18http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=James%203:13-18&version=MSG

 

Making the Springtime Decisions 010213

 

Each year, during the bitter cold of winter, we make decisions that affect us all year. I, for one, think that we are all seasonal creatures, and like the rest of creation mark our living with the time and timing of the seasons.

 

In winter, we make plans. In spring, we ambitiously begin these plans, in summer we persist with our plans and in the fall, we hope to see fruit from all our plans.

 

Of course, many or most of humanity seldom even touches the dirt, or runs their hands into soil, but I think there is still something quite seasonal about us all.

 

So, now is the time of planning, of making decisions, and dreaming of the flowers of spring. For me, with generations of farming in my family, I have a reasonable excuse for farming, despite having just seen a year of drought, which continues in the US, and in China, as well as elsewhere.

 

The US Mail even cooperates with all this. We’re getting a few seed catalogs and fruit tree catalogs each day, and the spring dreams of those catalogs exceed my own. Today’s scriptures fit my dreams; our Psalm speaks of the seasons and how God makes it snow, makes it thaw, and brings forth spring with a breath. God even works with us the same way, bringing light and dark, winter and spring into our lives.

 

Proverbs carries this further. To start all our decision-making with God, and while working with God’s seasons, to remember to also work with God, and begin with God.

 

James talks also of the wisdom that comes from living with God—quietly, humbly, simply.

 

My gardening plans are amended now. They start with a prayer!

Pray for our wisdom with God, and for farming and gardening in a time of climate change.

Pastor Bill

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Psalm 147:12-20

Proverbs 1:1-7

James 3:13-18

Psalm 147:12-20

The Message (MSG)

12-18 Jerusalem, worship God!
Zion, praise your God!
He made your city secure,
he blessed your children among you.
He keeps the peace at your borders,
he puts the best bread on your tables.
He launches his promises earthward—
how swift and sure they come!
He spreads snow like a white fleece,
he scatters frost like ashes,
He broadcasts hail like birdseed—
who can survive his winter?
Then he gives the command and it all melts;
he breathes on winter—suddenly it’s spring!

19-20 He speaks the same way to Jacob,
speaks words that work to Israel.
He never did this to the other nations;
they never heard such commands.
Hallelujah!

Proverbs 1:1-7

The Message (MSG)

Wise Sayings of Solomon

A Manual for Living

1 1-6 These are the wise sayings of Solomon,
David’s son, Israel’s king—
Written down so we’ll know how to live well and right,
to understand what life means and where it’s going;
A manual for living,
for learning what’s right and just and fair;
To teach the inexperienced the ropes
and give our young people a grasp on reality.
There’s something here also for seasoned men and women,
still a thing or two for the experienced to learn—
Fresh wisdom to probe and penetrate,
the rhymes and reasons of wise men and women.

Start with God

7 Start with God—the first step in learning is bowing down to God;
only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning

James 3:13-18

The Message (MSG)

Live Well, Live Wisely

13-16 Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here’s what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts. Mean-spirited ambition isn’t wisdom. Boasting that you are wise isn’t wisdom. Twisting the truth to make yourselves sound wise isn’t wisdom. It’s the furthest thing from wisdom—it’s animal cunning, devilish conniving. Whenever you’re trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the others’ throats.

17-18 Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced. You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor.

 

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