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Daily Devotions from Fourth Presbyterian Church

Thursday, April 28, 2022  

Today’s Scripture Reading  |  Psalm 30

I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up,
    and did not let my foes rejoice over me.
O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
    and you have healed me.
O Lord, you brought up my soul from Sheol,
    restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.

Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones,
    and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger is but for a moment;
    his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may linger for the night,
    but joy comes with the morning.

As for me, I said in my prosperity,
    “I shall never be moved.”
By your favor, O Lord,
    you had established me as a strong mountain;
you hid your face;
    I was dismayed.

To you, O Lord, I cried,
    and to the Lord I made supplication:
“What profit is there in my death,
    if I go down to the Pit?
Will the dust praise you?
    Will it tell of your faithfulness?
Hear, O Lord, and be gracious to me!
    O Lord, be my helper!”

You have turned my mourning into dancing;
    you have taken off my sackcloth
    and clothed me with joy,
so that my soul may praise you and not be silent.
    O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever. (NRSV)

Reflection
As I write this, it’s another cold, rainy day, so unpleasant that you would be forgiven for thinking it’s late fall instead of springtime, and a gust of wind rattles the jet bridge as I board my flight.

We take off and spend what feels like an eternity being tossed around in layers of clouds so thick they look like pea soup outside my window. And then we break through, the turbulence subsides, and for a moment I am genuinely surprised to see the sun. After days of cloudy weather, I had actually forgotten that the sun was still up there in the sky.

This is what I love about flying: it reminds me that the sun is always shining, no matter the weather on the ground. It may be a simple metaphor, but this is how I think about God, too: even when God seems to hide his face behind storm clouds, God’s love is as constant as the sun behind them. Just as the Lord answered David’s pleas for healing, God is there for us in our times of need too.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, your love is warmer and brighter than the sun. Help me remember that no matter the turbulence in my life, weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing will come in the morning. Amen.

Written by Alisa Rantanen, Member of Fourth Presbyterian Church

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