AM Psalm 137:1-6(7-9), 144; PM Psalm 42, 43
Exodus 10:21-11:8; 2 Corinthians 4:13-18; Mark 10:46-52
Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me,
and bring me to your holy hill
and to your dwelling;
That I may go to the altar of God,
to the God of my joy and gladness;
and on the harp I will give thanks to you, O God my God.
Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul?
and why are you so disquieted within me?
Put your trust in God;
for I will yet give thanks to him,
who is the help of my countenance, and my God.
- Psalm 43:3-6
There is a curse attributed (apocryphally) to the ancient Chinese which simply states, “May you live in interesting times.” Perhaps our heightened awareness made possible by social media and newscasting in an ever-shrinking world makes me feel that this curse is upon us now. Too many days, political rancor and crude behavior, as well as the natural violence of our dear planet itself, leave me feeling small and fragile, helpless to mitigate so much suffering of my fellow beings.
My brothers and sisters, it is a time when the study of scripture and the practice of prayer are essential to our spiritual health and, indeed, the health of our civilization. It is not only the solace and comfort of prayer, but the power of conversation with God, which draw me to our pews and fill my heart. I offer to you this portion of Psalm 43 for meditation today. We must remember that we are all children of God, held in the palm of his hand, protected by his love, even—or rather, especially—in these confusing and “interesting” times.
- Laurel Cook