Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Steadfast Love

How precious is your steadfast love, O God!The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;in your light do we see light.
Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who know you,and your righteousness to the upright of heart!
Let not the foot of arrogance come upon me,nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
There the evildoers lie fallen;they are thrust down, unable to rise.Psalm 36:6-12

Some days are good days. The time of the year and the temperament of each individual can make a good day bad or a bad day good. I am amazed at the incredible similarities and differences in personalities. Especially within my family. How each person mirrors some behavior of the others, and yet how differently each reacts to the same information. I watched my mother last weekend and marveled how she copes with so much and yet can be undone by small things. How patient she is with so much and how directive and critical she was of her helpers in the jelly making process.

Today, this psalms sings in my heart. The steadfast love of God is so wonderful and so necessary in times when everything seems up in the air. At times when human love can be so incomplete and so demanding, so confusing and so fickle, God's love persists throughout the generations. God's love is refuge and sanctuary, protections and abundance. We so often judge the day or the circumstances by our feelings and yet God is creating, in the midst of our chaos, places of light and sustenance, filling our lives with light and grace.

May this day, no matter how provoked or annoyed I get, be a gay to give God thanks. There is so much to be thankful for and so much to rejoice in. May we seek out God's love and sanctuary every minute this day and be hidden in the shadow of God's loving embrace.

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