A Daily Dose of Good News
Friday, May 1, 2020
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff—
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
my whole life long.
My cup overflows
One of cloud of witnesses who was formative to my faith is Bill Wright
He was a neighbor …
A churchman …
A professor at Capital University.
I attended my first national youth gathering with his youngest son
Bill had one of the best personal go-to lines I’ve ever heard … and never forgotten:
I’m drinking from the saucer of life, ‘cause my cup overflows!
No matter the challenges in his life …
His wife proceeded him in death
I’m drinking from the saucer of life, ’cause my cup overflows!
This verse of Psalm 23 as become an important for me,
Particularly informed by Bill’s personal motto,
As I have tried to understand my propensity for cry so easily…
At momentous occasions in the life of my kids
At momentous occasions in the life of your kids
Sing a favorite hymn with the congregation
Reach the end of a movie demonstrating justice or grace – Little Women is the latest.
Sharing communion, especially at Christmas
And this year after Easter worship even without the communion
I’m among the first to cry
Even though I’m not sad. I’m not sorry.
I’m drinking from the saucer of life, ‘cause my cup overflows
I must admit that’s the situation for us during this pandemic,
Perhaps for others too
Who like us are still able to work from home
Who are readily able to care for their children and parents
Who almost find sheltering to be a unique sabbatical-like period of family time
Unanticipated as it is.
Even amid the challenges in our lives …
A broken engagement long ago
As Melea and I misfired on the first one
And got married on the second,
To the recent major disruption in our kid’s lives ….
We are nonetheless drinking from the saucer of life
Take stock in the way your cup overflows too.
Even as the darkest valley falls
Over those infected with COVID
Over those whose employment has been disrupted
Over those who are sheltering in isolation
Over those who feel unsafe sheltering at home.
And let’s realize together that
Our saucers aren’t full until everyone’s cup over flows
We do what we can do, for love of God and neighbor:
Sheltering and wearing masks to promote health in the community
Supporting local business when we can
For meals and hand sanitizer and masks.
For God’s grace isn’t satisfied to overflow my cup and your cup
God’s grace overflows all cups. Amen.