HOLY TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH
A Daily Dose of Good News
Friday, March 20, 2020
At 10:30 today, this devotional will be offered online at https://youtu.be/sxKGa2RFug8
and will remain available throughout the day.
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Good Morning from Holy Trinity! It’s nice to see you! This is Vicar Sara and today our Psalm is Psalm 23- which we’re actually going to read on Sunday. So I thought for today, I would give you a different version of this, so you could maybe hear it with a fresh ear. So, this is from The Message, Psalm 23.
“God, my Shepherd!
I don’t need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
You find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to Your Word,
You let me catch my breath
And send me in the right direction.
Even when the way goes through Death Valley,
I’m not afraid,
When You walk by my side.
Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure.
You serve me a six course dinner right in front of my enemies.
You revive my drooping head;
My cup brims with blessings.
Your beauty and love chase after me
Every day of my life.
I’m back home in the house of God
For the rest of my life.”
Here ends the reading.
And I love that!
I love the imagery of us resting in lush meadows, next to quiet pools to drink from.
I think of the beauty of that, the comfort of that- of God trying to surround us with whatever is soothing for our frazzled nerves and our weary souls. I think that’s just such a kindness of God- to want that for us- that kind of rest for us. And I love the part about reviving my drooping head, and Teddy loves that too! (As my golden doodle dog, Teddy, enters the frame). (Laughs). He revives my drooping head, too…
I think that part is lovely because I think we do run around frantically, all over the place, from all sorts of things: from work to school to church to sports to music- to all sorts of activities. And even if those are for our own development, or with friends or with families, it can still be exhausting- in terms of our own busy-ness and our own frantic pace.
I know that when I lived in Singapore, I used to come back to the U.S. every summer for four weeks, and it was culture shock- every time. To go from the slow pace, the relaxed pace of Singapore, to the frantic pace of living American style. It was always shocking to me! But when you’re in it, it’s just normal, it’s just your way of being, right? But it’s only when you’re lifted out of that, that you get a new perspective and a new way of considering… what do you want your life to be like?
I recognize that the coronavirus has its own stresses to it, and we do need to manage those in whatever way is helpful to us. So, I don’t know what that’s like for you. I know for me that can be banging on the piano as hard as I can to get some frustration out (laughs), or punching the punching bag downstairs if I’m aggravated, or journaling- to figure out- ok, what’s making me frustrated to begin with? Sometimes it’s taking a bath and having a scented candle nearby, taking a walk outside, playing with these silly dogs…
But I encourage you to rest with God. And I realize sometimes that’s also hard, because getting quiet sometimes makes us think about what’s going on in our lives and where we might need to reprioritize, refocus, re-center. What areas we might want to reclaim and redo? It gives us a chance to recreate things. And that’s necessary, but it’s not easy to do that, in the midst of all the busy-ness. In order to do that, you kind of do have to sit down next to these quiet pools, and be still and quiet. Just be with God in the midst of that and listen to what God is whispering.
So, I encourage you to do that today. To enjoy your day to relax and to rest, knowing that it’s going to be ok because God is with you always and just to rest in the arms of God and know that you are cared for and that you are loved. (Cody burps and Teddy tries to shut The Message). (Laughs). And I in the meantime, I am going to rest by playing with these silly dogs, Cody and Teddy, and I hope you all have a great day! Take care. Bye-bye!