Today's Lectionary Text
A psalm of David. A petition.
Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger
My wounds fester and are loathsome
All my longings lie open before you, Lord;
I am like the deaf, who cannot hear,
For I am about to fall,
Lord, do not forsake me;
Okay. I have had it. I am done with winter! I am not doing winter anymore. I am so tired of snow, and wind, and cold, and ice (especially ice.) I slip and slide wherever I go. I hate bundling up every time I leave the house with coat, scarf, boots, gloves, and hat. My back aches from shoveling snow. My fingers are so cold even with heavy gloves to protect them. My feet are tired of shuffling through the snow so I can get to where I am going without falling and breaking my neck. So there, I have said it! I am done with winter. I am so tired.
I am writing this about a week before the Special Session of the UMC General Conference. Today, I not know what the outcome of the Special Session will be but I do know there is hope. As the Psalmist wrote, “Lord do not forsake me; do not be far from me, my God.” No matter what the outcome, there will be wounds to heal, emotions to calm, love to share, and a God that still loves us. “Come quickly to help me, my Lord and my Savior.”
I long for sunshine, song birds, spring flowers, and even those pesky weeds that seem to survive anything. I also long for a church that is no longer divided. A church that is able to move forward and share God’s love with all peoples. I trust that God is in charge and all will be well.
-Mary Feit CLSp
Great Plains Conference Director of Lay Servant Ministries
Prayer for Reflection
Gracious and Loving Holy One: We long for your love, comfort, forgiveness, and healing power. Come quickly to help us heal as a church, as Christians, and as brothers and sisters in Christ, in His Blessed name we pray. Amen.
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