A Daily Dose of Good News
Monday, September 14, 2020
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Good morning! It is September 14 and it’s time for our Daily Dose of Good News, which is from Psalm 133. In it, there is a cadence of “running down.” “Running down, running down, running down.” At one point, it says “which falls on”, but please think of it the same way, because originally, that’s how it was intended. “Running down, running down, running down.” Alright, here we go….
How very good and pleasant it is
when kindred live together in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down upon the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
running down over the collar of his robes.
It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion.
For there the Lord ordained his blessing,
Here ends the reading.
While that is a short psalm, and it might sound messy at the beginning, it packs a lot into it. This idea of oil running down, off the head, on to the beard… you might be tempted to go get a Kleenex! But what that’s about is the Israelite people used to bathe in oil. So that’s one portion of understanding this text. And then oil was also used to anoint priests. Aaron was the head of the priesthood. He was Moses’ brother, you may remember. After Aaron, there continued to be a line of priests. So maybe one way to think about this, if you’ve ever worked outside doing some yard work, or doing some service work, or mowing the grass, or whatever is physical labor for you, and you’ve come inside and taken a shower. And how good it feels to have the water and the soap, running down, running down, running down, when you need it. Likewise, for the priesthood, at ordination, the pastor or priest is anointed with oil. So, for example, for me, in about (I don’t know) a year or so from now, I’ll be ordained. At that point, they will anoint me with oil and it will feel really great to have that oil on my forehead, or running down my collar, or wherever it goes…I don’t care, I’m just excited to be ordained after a long process! So, either way, those are welcomed! Those are great components that feels so good to us!
And this next portion, is about kindred living together in unity. Just like there might be times when you get a call from a family member and it’s so good to talk to them. Or somebody in your family says something that is warm and supportive of you and it feels like balm to the soul. This idea of kindred living together in unity, can apply to us, at Holy Trinity. Because, you may not realize it, but at the end of this month, on September 27, we are going to have our confirmands stand up, and pledge their faith, and it’s a wonderful moment for the Church – of them acknowledging their baptismal vows, which their parents made for them, and for them claiming their faith. It’s a time when all the kindred at Holy Trinity, past, present and future, definitely live in unity together. It’s a time of celebration and it’s going to feel so good to do that confirmation service for them. We were supposed to do it back in March, and the pandemic delayed it, so now we’re looking at September.
We’re going to do an outside service and it’s just a time to celebrate the worship of our God. Just like they were celebrating at the end of this psalm. It talks about the dew of Hermon on the Mountain of Zion. That’s where they worshipped. That’s Jerusalem. So, there’s something great about coming together and worshipping. Whether it’s inside the church or outside the church or celebrating those who had First Communion earlier this summer, or celebrating those who are confirmed, later this month…. But I invite you to reflect on that. Maybe think about, do you want to attend on September 27, as part of our large kindred, in celebration of our God and with our kindred, these confirmation students? If you don’t want to attend, that’s fine too, maybe you write them a note, maybe you send them a letter, or send them an email. But how can we, as the Body of Christ, and as kindred of one another, celebrate and just feel good in the worship of our God together? So, peace and love to all or you, as we worship together in whatever form that takes. Take care everybody. Bye-bye.