Lent 14: Psalm 27

26 02 2013

Psalm 27 has long been one of my favorites. It became a favorite during a challenging season in ministry, when a friend suggested I memorize it. This friend had heard a speaker share his painful ministry struggles, and, as a help to continue putting one foot in front of the other, he memorized Psalm 27. So my friend suggested I try it. Not as a “this will solve your problems” suggestion, but as a way to keep moving forward, despite the struggle. Lent 14: Psalm 27

So I started to memorize the psalm. It was helpful. And by “helpful”, I mean it helped me to stay focused on God throughout that season, and not on what was going on. It helped me to focus on the strength I can draw from God, and not on my own strength. And, it helped me to lean on God as my light, the One who helps me to see when I am tempted to not even look any more!

Somewhere along the way I stopped memorizing it. But I’m going to start again. No, I’m not going through a difficult ministry season. I’m just living life, winding road by winding road. And today, this week, this month… verse 1 especially speaks to me:

“The Lord is my light and salvation –whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life –of whom shall I be afraid?”

Throughout the winding roads, God is my light, my stronghold, my salvation, and my help.

Thank you, God.

Day 20: still daylight

30 03 2011

John 9:1-41 is the Gospel text for this coming Sunday, the 4th Sunday in Lent.

still daylight

In the passage, a man born blind encounters Jesus and is healed–and naturally, there are many questions from many people about this encounter. Another long narrative from John. Another life changed. Another opportunity for God to be glorified.

In John 9:4 and 5, Jesus says: “As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

We pay attention to day and night, light and darkness, in the physical sense. We know that when the sun goes down, “it’s beginning to be darktime” as Kajsa says. We are aware when the darkness begins to disappear in the early morning, and the sun rises.

But how aware we of the spiritual lights and darknesses in our own journeys? How much attention do we give to the light of the world at work in our own lives, each and every day?

Christ Jesus, light of the world, help me to be aware of your presence and work in my life today. Amen.

in the light

30 11 2010

“O house of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord.” (Isaiah 2:5).

Yesterday, Jim’s parents, Kajsa, Jim and I went to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Pretty neat. It should come as no

let us walk in the light of the LORD

surprise that I loved all the Christmas lights. But I really loved the light pictured here: the Moravian star. Beautiful.

We had walked past (and under) this star earlier in the evening, before going to see the Putz at Central Moravian Church. And walking back towards the car, we passed this star again–the bookstore was closed at this point, though. So the light stood out more, because it was both darker outside and inside the book shop.

Christ, the light of the world, came to shine his light, and the light of God’s love, upon the world filled with darkness. How are we walking in the light, helping to reflect God’s love and light to people around us? How can our light be brighter? Not for the sake of being beautiful, but for the sake of bringing the light of Christ to the world around us?