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Monday, March 14, 2022
Today’s Scripture Reading | Psalm 91:1–2, 9–16
You who live in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress;
my God, in whom I trust.”
Because you have made the Lord your refuge,
the Most High your dwelling place,
no evil shall befall you,
no scourge come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the adder,
the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.
Those who love me, I will deliver;
I will protect those who know my name.
When they call to me, I will answer them;
I will be with them in trouble,
I will rescue them and honor them.
With long life I will satisfy them,
and show them my salvation. (NRSV)
“What object in your home brings you joy?” Nanette Sawyer asked this icebreaker question at the first Zoom gathering of those traveling to Israel on our choir tour this June. We were all encouraged to hold that object up to the computer camera to share with each other and tell why it was important to us. The stories about these personal items were amazing, a window into the depth of each person’s life and journey. There were family heirlooms, pictures, pieces of furniture, and many other personal items, each telling a story about what brought joy and meaning into that person’s life. Even though they were just tiny objects, they brought a sense of strength and comfort because they connected that person with their past, with a special person, place, or time. For many people, these things had been with them their entire life and brought a sense of refuge from a world that is chaotic and even dangerous these days. What do you have in your life that brings you joy?
There is one thing we all have: a God who loves us, no matter who we are or where we are. It is that love from God that brings each of us joy and is the ultimate refuge and strength, even in the most challenging times. God is always with us, but we have the freedom to turn away, and the separation from that love brings turmoil to each of us. All desire is desire for God. The objects that bring us joy in our homes are a dim reflection of the love, the strength, and refuge that comes from God. To truly know and love God is to know only love, joy, and light that never, never ends.
“You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, ‘my refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.’”
Eternal and loving God, thank you for always being with me, my refuge, my comfort, and my joy. Help me to share that love with others and to dwell in you more fully each day until that day when I am united with you again and know you in an all-encompassing love, joy, and light. Amen.
Written by John W. W. Sherer, Organist and Director of Music
Reflection and prayer © Fourth Presbyterian Church
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