Thursday 3

Psalm 126

One of the blessings we use at the conclusion of worship is from the Northumbria Community in England. It goes like this:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you,
  wherever he may send you.
May he guide you through the wilderness,
  protect you through the storm.
May he bring you home rejoicing
  at the wonders he has shown you.
May he bring you home rejoicing
   once again into our doors.

Like this blessing, Psalm 126 reminds us that the things that take place in our lives are in God's hands. Whether they be good moments (coming home) or struggles (storms, wilderness), God is with us. Whether we are embarking on journeys into the unknown, or simply walking into the church sanctuary, God is beside us every step of the way. If we are lucky, we discover, like the psalmist, that it is not anything we do, or the church does, or our communities, it is God's actions that bring about hope and restoration to our lives.

When God acts, then lives are changed.
When God acts, our deepest sighs become peals of laughter.
When God acts, our laments turn into shouts of gladness.
When God acts, our bitter tears become seeds of joy.

Do you believe it?

Prayer:

Why is it so easy for us to believe the hucksters on TV, but not you, Acting God?
Why is it so easy to believe that a pill will make us feel better, but not your comfort?
Why is it that we believe so much from the world . . . and so little from you?
Amen.

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