What’s on my mind…

Summer is now officially here. With it comes a change of pace and focus. With this change of pace and focus comes a renewed interest in writing and in pondering. With this pondering, I hope, will come a renewed bit of writing here–but this, I think, requires a refocus of what I use this blog for. That’s part of the pondering. Pondering on pondering on pondering. Not for ponderings own sake, but because in doing this I find I untie the knots, sort out the chaos, offer clarity to the opaque, bring myself back to feeling in tune with my self, God, others. Each of these are aspects I’m not entirely content with these days–not content with my own expressions or experiences. I don’t feel in tune. A fair bit flat, in fact. And this is what I hope this summer will help fix. There’s a lot going on this summer, but not so much I can’t take a step back–maybe take a step into the woods or onto a mountain or into a garden–and listen to the wind a fair bit better than I’ve been doing for a while.

For various reasons, this passage stood out to me this morning. A passage to ponder for the season? Maybe. We’ll see. Maybe just something that is a good reminder for today.

Hebrews 10:23-39 (NSRV):

Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful.

And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

For if we willfully persist in sin after having received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful prospect of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has violated the law of Moses dies without mercy “on the testimony of two or three witnesses.” How much worse punishment do you think will be deserved by those who have spurned the Son of God, profaned the blood of the covenant by which they were sanctified, and outraged the Spirit of grace? For we know the one who said, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.”

It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. But recall those earlier days when, after you had been enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to abuse and persecution, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. For you had compassion for those who were in prison, and you cheerfully accepted the plundering of your possessions, knowing that you yourselves possessed something better and more lasting.

Do not, therefore, abandon that confidence of yours; it brings a great reward. For you need endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. For yet “”in a very little while, the one who is coming will come and will not delay; but my righteous one will live by faith. My soul takes no pleasure in anyone who shrinks back.”

But we are not among those who shrink back and so are lost, but among those who have faith and so are saved.

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