5Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones.
6For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord? Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord,
7a God feared in the council of the holy ones, great and awesome above all that are around him?
8O Lord God of hosts, who is as mighty as you, O Lord? Your faithfulness surrounds you. Psalm 89:5-8
The Psalms are uplifting poetry, prayers. Coupling with Sunday, the 13th, I have these reflections to share.
We have an extraordinary place to live. Within our 50 million light years from one end to the other of our galaxy, we are not aware of anybody that has had the assignment that we have been given. Then, of course, there are 2 trillion galaxies like ours out there. So to think that I have, in anything I’m saying, any superior knowledge, be assured, I do not. But as a steward, I work hard at trying to use what I’ve been given and I’ve found in the process, a rich, rich place to dwell. But it’s not necessarily popular or understood.
John the Baptist was clothed in sheepskin, he ate locusts and honey and lived in the desert. People were attracted to him, for I suspect reasons of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. He noted, “I am not the Messiah. I’ve come to testify to the light.”
How well are we following? Do we see COVID as a pandemic of problems? Or do we see it as a pandemic of goodness? Do we see and reflect on all of the doctors and nurses that retired in New York, those of a most vulnerable age, come back out of retirement to serve others, some of which died knowingly? How about the other community guardians? Medical workers, fire personnel who walk into burning buildings? Do we not have a greater appreciation for that kind of service to our community?
Am I looking at what is versus what is not? Do I find myself with hope and joy that others can reflect on? Do I come from the Bible and Jesus’ example with my stewardship and serving? Does my life point to Jesus? That’s what John told us. Well, it does not. I ask for forgiveness and I recommit to serving the greater good. And each day, I try, and I do, though not as much as I should, thank many people, strangers mainly, who are courteous, who open the door for me, who serve me, who serve food, delivery workers, cleaning people, repair persons, strangers walking down the street, I try to nod with a smile.