A Daily Dose of Good News
Thursday, October 8, 2020
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Good morning! It’s nice to see you all! I feel like I haven’t seen you forever! Today is October 8th and it’s time for our Daily Dose of Good News. Today is from Psalm 23, which is familiar to most of you, if not all of you, and you’re welcome to read it with me if you’d like…
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.
Here ends the reading.
And as you may have guessed, I’m lying down, in a hammock, in my backyard; because I want to highlight and pull out for you, the part that says “He makes me lie down in green pastures”. I think it’s interesting a couple of the verbs in that. He “makes me”. The Lord is imposing God’s will on us, when He calls us to rest and replenish, and renew and be restored. And God does that in order to restore my soul.
I think of all the turmoil in the world and how much we need the restoration of our souls right now. And I don’t know when the last time was that you went and lay down outside, in nature. I will share with you, that I was frazzled earlier this week. Many of you know that I’ve been doing my intensive week of seminary- so lots of classes, lots of work, and then some personal things that got laid on top of that, and I remember walking in the door and just feeling frazzled and on edge, and I felt like that was kind of leaking out of me. So, I came outside and sat in a chair for a while, and then I decided- I’m going to go lay, actually, in this hammock, and I made myself lay here for 20 minutes. And in just looking around at the green trees, some of those are changing leaves right now, in my own pasture… God restored my soul.
There’s something about being in our heavenly creation, our God-given creation, and being still in that, that God can unwind us. Some of you may have experienced that on Sundays, with our Walk in the Park with Prayers. I know for those of you who have joined us in that, that’s something I’ve heard- it unwinds us somehow. It feels really good to be out in nature. In the busyness of going- even in the pandemic- and in the stress of our world, even if we’re not hustling from place to place- there’s a lot of stress. So, listening to God, beckoning you, and giving you permission- for all of us who are industrious, and want to work and be productive, and do things. God beckons you and invites you. Can you hear the invitation? Not only the request, but God’s emphasis on “you need restoration and I give that. I restore your soul”. So, that’s what I’d like you to think about today. Where can you go? Whether that is sitting on a balcony with plants surrounding you, or going outside, or walking in the leaves, whatever that looks like for you. But to go and follow the Lord’s emphasis on “lay down, in my creation, in your own pasture”- whatever that looks like. Let God unwind you and restore you, and just observe God’s beautiful creation. Feel God in and around you, through you, under you, surrounding you, and loving you always.
God’s peace, everybody. Bye-bye.