Daily Office Readings for Wednesday of the 5th Week of Lent: Year 2
Morning, Psalm 119:145 to 176; Evening, Psalm 128, 129, 130;
Exodus 7:8-24; 2nd Corinthians 2:14 to 3:6; Mark 10:1 to 16:
Psalm 130: 4 and 5
“I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him;
in his word is my hope.
My soul waits for the Lord, more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.”
These verses capture our state of being right now. We are waiting. We are finally witnessing the beginning of the end of the devastation of Covid 19. And while it might stay with us in one form or another, we are now better able to protect ourselves from serious hospitalization or death. God has worked with us in our prayers to help us make vaccines against it. Our hope and faith and trust continues to be in the Lord. And we pray that God Almighty continues to intervene with healing and health for all. “I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him; in his word is my hope.”
God’s Word is that God loves us, that we are created in God’s Image. Our very souls wait for the Lord’s action. Our souls already know the Lord our God and our souls speak to us (if we would but listen) informing us to put all our hope in the Lord.
In the old days the watchmen were those who stayed vigilant while everyone slept. They served as alarms if danger came near but also they watched for the first signs of the new day. They watched for the sun. Our souls too still watch for the Lord. But the Psalmist informs us that our souls watch even more intently. Our souls today watch for the coming again of the Son of God.
Just as we are dealing with the infection of Covid, so too we should deal with dictating governments who “infect” the world with bullying and terror. Those of us outside of Ukraine are the watchmen of our day. Danger has come near to our family in Ukraine. We should be sounding the alarm and looking forward to a new day, the coming of the Son of God, the Prince of Peace. We need this war, this carnage, to cease now. But still, “My soul waits for the Lord, more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.”Amen
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