Today's Lectionary Text
Psalm 106: 1-12
Praise the Lord.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord
Remember me, Lord, when you show favor to your people,
We have sinned, even as our ancestors did;
Psalm 106 begins, as do most worship services, with praise and gratitude. My daily prayers begin much the same, honoring the One who gave me life and love and thanking God for all that has been freely given to me including the eternal covenant. The Psalm then quickly moves to our failures: to love God with all that we are and our neighbors as ourselves.
In my neighborhood, there is a small group of neighbors that meet regularly on each other’s driveways in the evening when weather and time permits. Our discussion often includes the condition of the world we live in. Cussing and discussing the evils within our community as well as the hopeful events that occur. We try to determine attitudes and actions that we can support that might have a positive effect on our world. I believe that one of our neighbors summed it up very nicely: “It all comes down to being a good neighbor.” Yes, what a grand world it would be if we were all good neighbors.
At times, it seems very difficult to find hope in today’s world, but this piece of scripture assures us of God’s everlasting and unconditional love. It reminds me that no matter what happens in this world, I will be OK. I feel reassured that the Holy Spirit lives within me and God’s love and grace forgives even me.
Great Plains Conference Director
of Lay Servant Ministry
Prayer for Reflection
Dear Holy One, we are filled with despair, sadness, anger and frustration with the world today. We praise and honor your Holy Name and the magnificent world you have created for us. Forgive our lack of faith and replace it with hope. Help us to rebuild the world you intended. In Jesus precious name we pray. Amen and Amen.
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