Ponder Anew Blog

The Domes of our Lives

January 27, 2021

Good evening, The smallest dome of meaning is my private world of interests. We can call it “My Story,” where we proudly proclaim, “This is me!” There is a second and larger dome of meaning that encloses the first. I call this “Our Story,” where we declare, “This is us!” The third dome of meaning […]

A New Era

January 27, 2021

January 23, 2021 Good evening, The United States affirmed a new President this week. There was little violence, and for that we are truly thankful. I invite you to continue to pray for the church in the United States, as it continues to live in a polarized society. Pray for the whole church in the […]

Summoned by God

January 20, 2021

January 18, 2021Good afternoon,” Summoned By the God Who Made Us” Song number 1 in the new Voices Together Hymnal ” Summoned by the God who made us,   Rich in diversity,  Gathered in the name of Jesus,   Richer still in unity.    ( verse 1) Refrain  Let us bring the gifts that differ, and in splendid, varied ways  […]

HERE I AM TO WORSHIP

January 20, 2021

January 18, 2021 Good afternoon,” So here I am to worship,  here I am to say that you’re my God,  You’re altogether lovely, altogether worthy, altogether wonderful to me.   I’ll never know how much it cost   to see my sin upon that cross.”          Here I Am To Worship, from Voices Together # 227  In […]

Changing our Minds, One meal at a time

January 14, 2021

January 13, 2021Good afternoon everyone, ” About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray.  He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance.  He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let […]

STAY WITH ME, O GOD

January 12, 2021

January 12, 2021Good afternoon, ” Stay with me, remain here with me,  Watch and pray. “ The words above are from a Taize song. Taize is a community that worships. The brothers lead worship, singing, praying and the reading of Scripture, three times a day. The community began just after World War II, and have been all over […]

Guernica The Beast of War

January 12, 2021

January 9, 2021Good afternoon,” Jesus came to break down the dividing wall of hostility and bring peace.”   Paul in his letter to the Ephesains.This painting is called ” Guernica “ It was created by Picasso in 1937. It is considered by some art critics to be the greatest anti-war painting in history. It was in response to a massacre in the […]

The Spirit Blows Wherever …..

January 5, 2021

January 4, 2021 Good afternoon, ” Lifted by unseen hands ”    from Haiku 2021 ” The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”       John 3:8 For this week’s devotionals I […]

Soaring like Vultures

January 5, 2021

Sunday January 2, 2021 Welcome to this sacred day of worship. It is a day set aside by the church, to stop, to reflect and to worship the God of heaven and earth. We hope you find the space for the presence of God this morning ” Soaring like Vultures. “ is the first line […]

A New Year

January 5, 2021

January 2, 2021 Good afternoon, You will notice a new haiku at the bottom of the email. Monika has gifted me with a new haiku: Soaring like vultures Lifted by unseen hands  Trust, Silent enters my fears. Haiku is a Japanese form of poetry. It is three lines long. The first line has 5 syllables, […]