Today's Lectionary Text
I waited patiently for the Lord;
Blessed is the man who makes
In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted,
I have told the glad news of deliverance
As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain
We all have times of transition in our lives. I like to think of these times as being liminal space when the former thing has not yet passed away and the new has not yet completely arrived.
This week I am reading Psalm 40 through the eyes of one who is living in liminal space. My current AmeriCorps VISTA job is coming to an end today and within a month I will be beginning another service year in a new location. I am also going through the candidacy process to become a Licensed Local Pastor.
As I read through this Psalm, I find hope and encouragement for living into the uncertainty and changes. When we follow the law of God that is written on our hearts and minds these times of transition can be full of excitement and possibility for the work God is doing through us in the world. God will put a new song in our mouths as we lean into this work and into the times of change and transition.
-- Bridgete Decker, laity
Central UMC, Kansas City, KS
Prayer for Reflection
Holy God we thank you for your presence in our lives in the times of change and transition. Thank you for giving us your Word and for putting new songs in our mouths to praise you for your goodness. In Christ’s name we pray, AMEN.
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