January 2, 2014

Today in MP, learned about Vedanayagam Samuel Azariah, first Indian Bishop in the Anglican Communion. That is rather an interesting change of pace for a reflection. The video that I listened to a couple days ago (link in yesterday’s post) has been on my mind about liturgy versus evangelism – and interestingly, today’s second lesson (Ephesians 4: 11-13) seemed to answer that. God gave to each person the calling to which they were best suited: “The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.” According to the reflection, “Over the past 85 years the Diocese has been involved in many activities like evangelism, establishing educational institutions, hospitals, and homes for orphans and people with disabilities. The Diocese is very active in spreading the gospel and evangelism among non-Christians.” Like Christ explained to Martha, we must each serve, according to our own nature and inclination, and all bring value in the sight of God.

I forgot about exercise this morning until 23 minutes before I was due to start work – I figure God sent the reminder with just enough time to do 20 minutes and get a cup of tea. 🙂 Thank you, God.

Okay, so garden planning is SO not as easy as I thought it would be.  It’s probably good to be starting in January. 🙂  Today’s task was simply to plot out on paper (well, computer) where everything was this past year, make notes on what worked, what didn’t, what I want to add, delete, multiply or grow less of, and I know I’m missing a vegetable in there somewhere.

I am reminded today that exercise makes your muscles ache. 🙂  It’s a good thing, though.  I’m hoping to build up the proper amount of stamina to start chopping wood soon (as I will soon run out of stuff that’s already chopped).  I’m actually rather curious how it would go to chant the Green Tara Mantra while chopping wood.

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA
OM represents Tara’s sacred body, speech and mind.
TARE means liberating from all discontent.
TUTTARE means liberating from the eight fears, the external dangers, but mainly from the internal dangers, the delusions.
TURE means liberating from duality; it shows the true cessation of confusion.
SOHA means “may the meaning of the mantra take root in my mind.”

Just a thought.

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