Today's Lectionary Text
Psalm 119:105-112Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.
I have sworn an oath and confirmed it,
to observe your righteous ordinances.
I am severely afflicted;
give me life, O Lord, according to your word.
Accept my offerings of praise, O Lord,
and teach me your ordinances.
I hold my life in my hand continually,
but I do not forget your law.
The wicked have laid a snare for me,
but I do not stray from your precepts.
Your decrees are my heritage forever;
they are the joy of my heart.
I incline my heart to perform your statutes
forever, to the end.
With the summer season upon us, I reminisce about my childhood: running through sprinklers and playing in my backyard with my brother. We would collect grasshoppers and lightning bugs in empty peanut butter jars. We would run around through the neighborhood with no shoes, playing until the sun set.
There were nights where we would stay up late and play outside in the dark. We would play hide and go seek with friends and neighbors. In the dark, the game got more challenging. You could not see more than a few feet in front of you and for me I was always afraid someone would jump out and scare me. I needed the light of my flashlight to guide me in those moments.
As I have gotten older, I still need a flashlight at times, although not usually to play hide and seek. But I still need that guide to light up the path so I can see before me. The Psalmist proclaims, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Even now we might need a guide to help us navigate the world, to guide us on the path of compassion and justice. At times, the path we walk might feel unstable and uncertain but even in those moments God’s light is with us. God walks along with us. When we follow too in the path of God, we can find there is great comfort and joy in the practices and word of God. And if you feel like you are in a place, where the path seems unclear or uncertain, know God is there with you. Even as we get older, we sometimes still need that flashlight, the reminder that our path is paved by God’s love and grace.
Micah Corp Co-coordinator
Prayer for Reflection
Light of God shine upon our path. When the path gets challenging, encourage us with your never-ending promise of love. Show us your path is one of life and joy. Amen.
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