Where I am now

When I sat down to review the visits and views of this blog, “A Simple Desire”, I couldn’t help but notice the views and visits have been increasing, as if people are trying to search and figure where I am. Maybe I am wrong about that. But if it is true, that the absence of postings here is causing an up surge in activity, I want to remind established readers and new visitors that I have moved to a different WordPress site, “Pondering From the Pacific“. And it has been business as usual there, where I post 4 times a week, and more often when the Revised Common Lectionary has special celebration days. Because I have not posted anything new here (excluding this) since October 4th, I have to conclude that people are reading “older posts”. I want to remind you that anything written since January 2015 is on the site “Pondering From the Pacific”. Anything older than that can be found only at “A Simple Desire” which is where I am posting this note.

I am gratified that the older posts are still being read, and I encourage you to do so. But I also want to make you aware that new posts are debuting elsewhere. And I hope you come visit me there as well!

As of November 1, 2017 I am planning on “dismantling” the “Follow” button here .  .  .  because there is nothing new to follow! But please keep returning here! There is a vast wealth of commentary and scriptural thought here, and I am hopeful it will continue to be available for years to come! Shalom!

The Next Stage

As it is the beginning of October, I am carrying out the next stage of moving to the new blog site Pondering From the Pacific . For a while I had been posting the new posts on both sites, to make the transition a gradual. Then I posted just the title of each new day’s posts and the link for each specific post. Now I am simply directing both beloved established readers and new readers alike to the new site. I am ever hopeful that those who have been long time readers will make the move to the new site. Nothing has changed except the “address” of where I post!

Season after Pentecost (Proper 21 [26]): The Old Testament Passage – Lost in the desert and really thirsty

It is time for the beloved readers here to start the move to the site where these posts will have their new home. To read this post please go to the blog site Pondering From the Pacific The specific post is Lost in the desert and really thirsty

Season after Pentecost (Proper 20 [25]): The Psalm Passage – When praise of the Lord God does NOT alter behavior

It is time for the beloved readers here to start the move to the site where these posts will have their new home. To read this post please go to the blog site Pondering From the Pacific The specific post is When praise of the Lord God does NOT alter behavior

Season after Pentecost (Proper 20 [25]): The Old Testament Passage – On a learning curve

It is time for the beloved readers here to start the move to the site where these posts will have their new home. To read this post please go to the blog site Pondering From the Pacific . The specific post is The Old Testament Passage – On a learning curve

Season after Pentecost (Proper 19 [24]): The Psalm Passage – A psalm of celebration, remembering the exodus from Egypt

When Israel went out from Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language, Judah became God’s sanctuary, Israel his dominion.” (Psalm 114: 1 – 2)

When the Hebrews left Egypt, the Lord God claimed the called and chosen people as the Divine’s own again. No longer under the rule of Pharaoh, the people of God had to learn how to live as God’s people again. As I said, very tough lessons to learn. But this psalm does not dwell and focus on the people of God, but on the Lord God and might it took to reclaim the Divine’s called and chosen people.

 

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Season after Pentecost (Proper 19 [24]): The Gospel Passage – Forgiveness for our fellow believers

Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.” (Matthew 18:21 – 22)

As I came to write on this passage, I needed to remind myself that Jesus is speaking about forgiving fellow believers, and not the forgiveness that believers receive from the Lord God. Remembering has been a little more of a challenge lately; my life has been pretty hectic. And to my chagrin, I realized I had forgotten to save this post the first time I wrote it. So I am having to reconstruct what I think I wrote!

 

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Season after Pentecost (Proper 19 [24]) Holy Cross Day: Thoughts for the day as prompted by scripture

. . . but the people became impatient on the way.” (Numbers 21:4b)

If you know the story of the Hebrews as they were lead to the promised land by Moses, you will also know it was a journey that was long and fraught with problems and discontent. After so many generations in Egypt, they had gotten uses to a certain way of living. It was not their fault, actually. They had never lived as children of the Lord God. It was all new to them. You see, if you assumed they had forgotten what it was like to follow the Lord God, you would be mistaken. While they carried on the tradition of worshiping the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – the generation that came out of Egypt had always lived in a settled area where there was an infrastructure that supported their daily life. They never had to depend on God for their sustenance and livelihood. This period of time when my life has been totally changed has tested me, so I can only image (and really I do not want to) what their nomadic life was like.

 

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Season after Pentecost (Proper 19 [24]): The Old Testament Passage – Fearing and Following

The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them.” (Exodus 14:19)

We find the Israelites (having been transformed from the Hebrews during the leaving of Egypt) at the banks of the Red Sea with the Egyptian army chasing them down. I am not sure it is entirely accurate to say they were an “army”, unless that means it was a very large group of people with a great deal of possessions packed in wagons etc. In fact other translations use “camp” as opposed to “army”. Now the Egyptians, that was an army!

 

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