• on July 30, 2018

Monday Musings

    Yesterday was such a lovely day. Sharon and I took an afternoon bike ride from Hawrelak Park to Kinsman Park and then went swimming at the Queen Elizabeth outdoor pool. The river valley trails in this city are so wonderful. Of course, given the weather, everything was packed. The parking lots, the trails and especially the pool. I mean REALLY packed. For those of you who don’t know, all the outdoor pools in Edmonton are free in the summer, which tends to draw large crowds. Anyway, we managed to find a little piece of real estate under a tree, went for a swim and settled back to enjoy our books and the occasional belly flop of some guy trying to impress the girls with his diving prowess. Suddenly, our tranquil afternoon was interrupted by an air horn and an announcement that “every should clear the pool immediately.” Obediently, over 100 people exited the pool. Soon after the first announcement came the next dreaded announcement, “Everyone who has just exited the pool should take a cleansing shower.” “A cleansing shower? Crap,” I thought, literally. As it turns out, someone had thrown up in the pool which, in my humble opinion, isn’t as bad as the other option. A third announcement detailed that the entire pool would be closed for at least an hour. After a few moments, loads of people began to gather their belongings and head for the exits, some I’m sure for a second “cleansing shower” when they got home. After a few moments of watching people head either for the showers or the exits, I said to Sharon, “There’s a sermon illustration here.” “Really?” she said. “Think about it,” I said, “One person’s digestive mishap destroyed a great afternoon for hundreds of people.” She countered, “What kind of sermon illustration is that?” “Well, it’s like the church. One cranky person in a church community who spews bitterness, gossip or discontentment can ruin the joy of a church family for a lot of people.” “I suppose,” she sighed, “But, it’s like you’re trying too hard. Actually, why don’t you write it up as one of those folksy pieces you do for Monday Morning Musings.” After a few moments of silence, I said, “That would be so lame. Only if I had nothing else to write about.”
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    Here’s this week’s worship psalm via YouTube. It’s a little dated, but this is one of my favorite theologically astute worship artists…Michael Card… singing Psalm 137… CLICK HERE….
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    My prayer psalm is Psalm 15:
    “Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
    Who may live on your holy mountain?
    The one whose walk is blameless,
    who does what is righteous,
    who speaks the truth from their heart;
    whose tongue utters no slander,
    who does no wrong to a neighbor,
    and casts no slur on others;
    who despises a vile person
    but honors those who fear the Lord;
    who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
    and does not change their mind;
    who lends money to the poor without interest;
    who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
    Whoever does these things
    will never be shaken.”

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