Pondering for Monday, May 16, 2022

Daily Office Readings for Monday of the 5th Week of Easter: Year 2

Morning, Psalms 56  and 57; Evening,  Psalms 64 and 65;

 Leviticus 16:1 to 19; 1st Thessalonians 4:13 to 18; Matthew 6:1 to 6 and 16 to 18:

“Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge.  I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.” (Psalm 57:1)

The Psalmist speaks of trust in God.  God is love. Trust in God is the only sure trust we can count on. All over the earth we have been hiding from the Coronavirus.  But it has still taken its toll. In the U.S. we have passed the one million death mark.  Many all over the world have died as a result of this pandemic.  However, at some point, with God’s help, we will survive this sickness.

At some point in our lives we must admit that we are God’s own.  We belong to God. God will do what God will do.  We go to God for protection and wellbeing. We are seeing that we can’t always trust politicians (either side of the isle), or the military, or any human construct when it comes to unimaginable challenges that we face. It is only in God’s mercy that can we trust completely. 

And when we come out on the other side of this (here or in heaven), we must give thanks and praise to God in word and song.  In this same Psalm we read, “My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast;  I will sing and make music. Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.” (Psalm 57:7 – 8).  We must learn to put as much effort in giving thanks after God has helped us as we put in the asking for help in the beginning.

So we must always trust in God and then praise God always. We are now trying to come out of our tight isolations all over the planet.  Stores are opening back up.  We are looking to see what our new normal will be like. But God is the same yesterday, today and forever.   God is here in this world and in the heavenly world after our temporal death.  Therefore, it is God in whom we must take refuge and in the shadow of God’s wings until the disaster has passed, or we have passed it.

It is in God that Ukraine must take refuge. While some have died, the faithful will not stay dead. And those who survive in this life will be a beacon of light for our whole planet – they, the faithful of Ukraine, will be a light shining in the darkness and will bring the rest of us into the light of faith. 

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

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