Daily Office Readings for Thursday of Proper 26 Year 1
Psalm 71:17 & 18:
17. O God, you have taught me since I was young, *
and to this day I tell of your wonderful works.
18. And now that I am old and gray-headed, O God, do not forsake me, *
till I make known your strength to this generation
and your power to all who are to come.
When I tell the story of my life to others I often say that I grew up “un-churched.” And while that is true, I did attend a Catholic School. However, there has always been a sense of God in, or around my life. And I don’t think I always share that very important piece. So Like the Psalmist, “O God, you have taught me since I was young.” I have gotten through some tight spots in my life and now in the relative comfort of my senior years I look back and see that the presence of God was always there, near me, blessing me.
As an old man now and an Episcopal Priest I feel the need to tell the story of, not just God in my life, but God acting in the world. My adult mantra is, “I can never see where God is or what God is doing, but I can always see where God was and what God has done.” Finally I’m getting a sense that God is very present always and for me to see God “in the act” I need to just settle down and be still.
Now I want God to bless me with the opportunity to make known the wonderful presence of God in all our lives every day. So I quote the Psalmist again, “And now that I am old and gray-headed, O God, do not forsake me, till I make known your strength to this generation and your power to all who are to come.”
All of us should share with others the many ways in which God has acted in our lives. People today really need to hear this Good News. Who knows, maybe the time will come when God will let us see what God is doing while it is actually happening. Such an event would be walking through the Red Sea, Again.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John+