There’s truth embedded in this psalmtruth about our human naturetruth about who we aretruth about how we make our way through the worldwe love, so much, to be rightto be without faultto be blamelessand when we can’t be faultless,we love to at least appear to beAnd it eats us upit tears us upit rots us from the insidelike a relational conflict ignored for generationsthat festers as a family feudwhich no one understands any morebut still it festersuntil we acknowledgewhere we ourselves fall short of the glory of Godappearing, unfortunately but necessarily,no longer without blameat which point we are open to receiveinstead of condemnationwe receive respitewe receive reliefwe receive grace upon graceand a solid place to standfrom which we find ourselves compelled to sharethat which we undeservinglyhave ourselves receiveda return to the Lord our God.Amen.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Lent, Week One
During this season of Lent, I'm writing reflections based on the psalm assigned for each Sunday by the Revised Common Lectionary (look it up, if you want), and sharing those with the congregation I serve when we gather for Evening Prayer on Wednesday evenings. This reflection is from March 12, week one, and is based on Psalm 32.