A Holiday Meditation

mulledciderLast Sunday’s message followed the rubric RAMP. Read it here  Being Light

  • Read
  • Apprehend
  • Mull
  • Practice

In the “M” portion of this message we mull this over.  I use the word “mull” because that is what Meditate is in the Bible. In some forms of meditation, such as mindfulness mediation, the point is to empty our minds and be present without thinking. The Bible’s use of the word mediation is to think about God or the Word of God.  It is to “mull things over.”

Have you ever had mulled apple cider? Someone pours a bunch of cider into a pot, adds cinnamon sticks maybe orange peels and other spices and lets it simmer. We call that “Mulling.” In the process the spices work themselves into the cider and the result is delicious.

That is Biblical mediation. You are the cider and the word of God is the cinnamon sticks and orange peel. You need to apply time and thought so that the word of God works itself into your thinking. From there it works into your living.  It becomes part of you and determines how you live.

 

63 Years is just a start

pianoWe lost one of our members last week.  A year before we had honored her for 63 years of service to our music program at the church.  She did much more than that, but she did play piano, organ and sing in the choir and various duets, trios, quartets and so forth.  Her license plate, to make the point clear, was “MUSICK”.

It strikes me as good practice for eternity.  Take a look at the scenes of heaven found in Isaiah 6 and various chapters of Revelation, and you will find praise and worship.  Some of our familiar songs come from these chapters, such as “Holy, Holy, Holy.”

With whatever else we may be doing in Eternity, we will be offering worship.  What is 63 years? It is incredible to us. How can anyone do that for so long?  Yet what is eternity?  All our accomplishments and longevity will be like a drop in the bucket of eternity.

Oh, and did I forget to mention the Psalms – 150 songs of worship.

I rejoiced with those who said to me,
    “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

Psalm 122:1