Today's Lectionary Text
Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
O continue your steadfast love to those who know you,
Uncommon weather is a common part of life on the Great Plains. We have extreme heat and extreme cold, time with not enough rain and time with too much. Changes from hot to cold or dry to wet often happens quickly. Temperatures will change 40 or 50 degrees in a few hours. In an afternoon, skies will go from sunny to stormy, then the storm clouds clear in time for a beautiful sunset.
Changes in our weather, day to day and season to season, remind me God’s creation is ever-changing. Change may be constant, but we often struggle with it. We may fear change, resist change, even try to avoid change. When our life changes our relationship with God may change. In the midst of changes in my life there have been times when God felt far away. In the darkest days I feared God had forgotten me, or worse, abandoned me. In one of those dark seasons, meditating on the Psalms helped me reconnect with God’s steadfast love.
Today’s verses from Psalm 36 remind us God is always present; and the psalmist uses images that speak to a prairie guy like me. The psalmist describes God’s love as extending to the heavens, and God’s faithfulness reaching to the clouds.
Maybe it’s the same everywhere, but for me it seems living on the prairie requires paying attention to the sky. One moment we’re scanning the horizon for severe weather, the next we’re pausing to take in a beautiful sunset. It is constantly changing, but that vast sky is constantly present. Whether beautiful or foreboding, our horizons that seem to extend to the heavens remind us of God’s unconditional and steadfast love.
Pastor, Osage City-Reading, Kansas
Prayer for Reflection
Almighty God, we are thankful for your unending and unconditional love for your children. Help us to remember your love is steadfast, even in those moments when we doubt, or even turn away from you. Amen.
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