Daily Office Readings for Saturday of the Seventh Week of Epiphany: Year 2
Morning, Psalms 137 and 144; Evening, Psalm 104;
Proverbs 8:22 to 36; 2nd Timothy 1:1 to 14; John 12:20 to 26:
“How could we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?” (Psalm 137:4)
I never thought I would use any of the words of Psalm 137. But I have a heavy heart for those of Ukraine who are leaving their homes and businesses. It is so sad. It is in their homes and businesses in the land of Ukraine that they sang their Lord’s song as they knew it. And now, they are either dying or leaving. Even as I write this I pray for things to turn around.
However even in this low state of hurt and pain I do not wish upon any Russian people harm to their children or their babies as wanted in this Psalm. My sense of judgment only goes so far.
As God intervened in the captivity of the Israelites under Nebuchadnezzar, and did it in God’s own time, so too, I ask God to come to the aid of the Ukrainian people as is fitting in God’s will and time. We must not let the situation of the Ukrainian people be forgotten, it is life for them.
As we listen to what the Spirit is saying to us, let us live to love, to serve, and to teach, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John