Lectionary Scriptures and Comments

A picture about the spring.

A picture about the spring. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

A Wild Cherry in flower. Français : Un Merisie...

A Wild Cherry in flower. Français : Un Merisier en fleurs. Ελληνικά: Ανθισμένη αγριοκερασιά. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

It’s Easy to be Spiritual in the Spring 051713

 

Garden with some tulips and narcissus

Garden with some tulips and narcissus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

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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 104:24-34, 35b http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20104:24-34,%2035b&version=MSG

 

 

 

Isaiah 44:1-4 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah%2044:1-4&version=MSG

 

 

 

Galatians 6:7-10 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Galatians%206:7-10&version=MSG

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Easy to be Spiritual in the Spring 051713

 

 

 

 

 

 

Psalm 104 begins to lead us into a spiritual springtime. Verses 30-32 say:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Send out your Spirit and they spring to life—
the whole countryside in bloom and blossom.

 

 

 

31-32 Theglory of God—let it last forever!
Let God enjoy his creation!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isaiah 44 continues:

ForI will pour water on the thirsty ground
and send streams coursing through the parched earth.

 

 

 

Just yesterday, I bicycled on a bike trail that paralleled the Missouri River, full and

very fast for such a big river. On one side of me was the river, but
on the other side was farms, woodlands, prairie grasses and
wildflowers.

 

 

 

It’s easy to be spiritual with all this to live within, to be a part of….it’s easier to be
filled with God when the earth and skies are filled with God.

 

 

 

And Galatians completes the day’s Bible readings:

 

 

 

But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the
growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.

 

 

 

Pray for peace in the garden God has provided, and pray for the environment, which suffers
deeply.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Psalm 104:24-35

 

 

 

The Message (MSG)

 

 

 

24-30 What a wildly wonderful world, God!
You made it all, with Wisdom at your side,
made earth overflow with your wonderful creations.
Oh, look—the deep, wide sea,
brimming with fish past counting,
sardines and sharks and salmon.
Ships plow those waters,
and Leviathan, your pet dragon, romps in them.
All the creatures look expectantly to you
to give them their meals on time.
You come, and they gather around;
you open your hand and they eat from it.
If you turned your back,
they’d die in a minute—
Take back your Spirit and they die,
revert to original mud;
Send out your Spirit and they spring to
life—
the whole countryside in bloom and blossom.

 

 

 

31-32 The glory of God—let it last forever!
Let God enjoy his creation!
He takes one look at earth and triggers an
earthquake, points a finger at the
mountains, and volcanoes erupt.

 

 

 

33-35 Oh, let me sing to God all my
life long,
sing hymns to my God as long as
I live! Oh, let my song please him;
I’m so pleased to be singing to God.
But clear the ground of sinners—
no more godless men and women!

 

 

 

O my soul, bless God!

 

 

 

Isaiah 44:1-5

 

 

 

The Message (MSG)

 

 

 

Proud to Be Called Israel

 

 

 

44 1-5 “But for now, dear servant Jacob,
listen—    yes, you, Israel, my personal
choice.
God who made you has something to say to you;
the God who formed you in the womb wants to help you.
Don’t be afraid, dear servant Jacob,
Jeshurun, the one I chose.
For I will pour water on the thirsty ground
and send streams coursing through the parched earth.
I will pour my Spirit into your descendants
and my blessing on your children.
They shall sprout like grass on the
prairie,  like willows alongside creeks.
This one will say, ‘I am God’s,’
and another will go by the name Jacob;
That one will write on his hand ‘God’s property’—
and be proud to be called Israel.”

 

 

 

Galatians 6:7-10

 

 

 

The Message (MSG)

 

 

 

7-8 Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The
person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his
life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, lettingGod’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real
life, eternal life.

9-10 So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will
harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit
of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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