… God will maintain with you the covenant loyalty… As I began to read this passage in Deuteronomy ( 7:12-16), I thought about the many promises we make to one another and the times we’re not always able to keep them. We find ourselves beholden to things and or people that keep us from living into the fullness of life that is promised by God. The fullness however is not about the things or the people. Fullness, I believe, is about the peace of knowing God which surpasses all understanding of anything else we claim to know and the willing action of the encompassing energy of God’s love for God’s creation. Precious Lord, guide our actions that they may become aligned with your Love and allow us to experience the fullness of your Glory.
…do you not care…? I remember a time in middle school when I jumped in some girl’s face expecting her to go toe to toe with me over some issue that I can’t recall. What I do remember is her turning her back on me and walking away. It was the perfect opportunity for me to make a bigger fool of myself which is exactly what I did. I also remember that when she walked away, my anger about the situation quickly turned to embarrassment. I was 12 at the time doing what I thought I was suppose to do. Today, when I think about it, given my size it’s hysterically funny. To my benefit, she walked away choosing not to be drawn into my drama. There are storms that rise in our lives without much provoking. Often they have very little to do with us, and what do we do? We create more storm! We alert other people to the situation, sometimes hysterically and when we don’t get the response we’re looking for we think nothing is being done. Leaning on the presence of God requires that we trust, that our faith in God’s Love for us is greater than other people’s dramatic hysterics (OPD), and more importantly greater than our own fears.
Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord. Psalm 31:24 Be still and know that I am God! Psalm 46:10
They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha Mark 15:22-32 Ever been there? It’s a place where there is no “life” and the life you do encounter, passes by to mock, scorn and abuse. It’s been my experience that from a physical point of view this is a tough place to be. Everything seems to get worse before it gets better. If you remain too long you begin to feel like those dried bones for which the place Golgotha is named. We don’t always have the choice not to be there. However, it’s times like these when we must remember to put aside where we are and continue to rejoice in who we are. We live in the spirit of Christ. We find our strength in God’s faithfulness and knowledge of him. For although physically, places like these are everywhere, spiritually in Christ we rise, move and have our being.
Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord Psalm 31:24
Psalm 31 In you, O LORD, have I taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness. It seems clear to me that Psalm 31 is written out of distress. Some scholars believe that it was probably penned by David himself sometime after having been convicted by God as relayed by the prophet Nathan. Whatever our affliction today one must be confident in God’s mercy and grace to bring forward such a plea before God. The good news I believe is that God is always ready and waiting to receive such a prayer and looks favorably on the one who takes concern for reconciliation of the soul within. Somehow the body always seems to want what it wants; today one pair of shoes, tomorrow 200 pairs of shoes and so forth. Yet, like David, even in his imperfectness, the heart for God always longs for God. Lent is our opportunity to work at bringing our desire for God into the forefront of our life so that we may be able to meet every weakness face to face and refuse to be tempted by it. However, in those times when we fail, we always have Psalm 31 because through Christ we can be confident in God’s mercy and grace.