A Daily Dose of Good News
Friday, October 9, 2020
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Hey! It’s October 9 and it’s time for our Daily Dose of Good News. Actually, it’s way past time for our Daily Dose of Good News. So, I want to start with an apology. I totally forgot that it was my turn to do the Daily Dose of Good News this morning. I had my third meeting with the attorneys and my estranged husband for the divorce settlement, and I just totally forgot. I apologize, I’m getting this to y’all late. So, don’t blame anybody else, besides me.
Today, we’re going to circle back to Psalm 23. You may have deja vu and feel like: ‘we just talked about this yesterday!’ But, I want to focus on a different part. So, Psalm 23…
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.
I can readily admit, that for me personally today, I was walking through the darkest valley. The disintegration of my marriage is not an easy thing, even though I think it’s the healthiest choice. There is fear in that, and sorrow in that, and it does feel difficult. Sitting down with attorneys and estranged spouses, can feel a lot like “enemies”. And yet, in the midst of all of that, God has anointed my head and my cup does overflow. Today, actually, God did prepare a table before me, in the presence of my enemies, if I want to be literal or figurative about that. It’s the first time that the lawyers and the spouses have sat down together and shared a meal during these legal meetings… and it was fine. I’m struck by God’s grace in that, because I think that’s an unusual gift. And while that strikes personally for me, I wonder how it also strikes for you? I think about us getting into October, November and December and there’s a lot of us being around people who may feel like “enemies” in some way, shape or form. We have a lot going on politically right now and I know those conversations can be really difficult. So it may feel like your enemy is anybody who has a different political viewpoint, than you have. It may be that it’s hard to have conversations, even with your own family members. And it may feel hard to even just sit down at the table with them and have civil conversations, or any conversations, that don’t get heated or stressful. But I would remind you that God is in all of that. God is with us, even when things are hard and they feel evil and heavy and difficult – God is right there. God doesn’t run away from that, but God comes and stands in the midst of that and fragments evil, and breaks it apart, and disperses it. So, I think often times, we can think of God being with us when things are great and recognize the blessings of that. But, I also would encourage you to look at and invite God to be in spaces that you’re stepping into that feel hard, and space that feels uncomfortable – where you feel like your guard is up, or you’re having to work with somebody that you’re having disagreements with or you’re at odds with… Maybe you view them figuratively or literally, as an “enemy”. But just to recognize that God is right there in that space with you, and with them, and moving, that the Holy Spirit is present.
I think part of how the Holy Spirit is present, is even in the interactions with other people, and how our loved ones can come alongside us in all of that. So, I’d also encourage you to reach out to each other. For anybody that you know, who’s going through tough pieces in their life, to reach out, and to let God’s presence be known to them, through you. Because God lives in you as well. I think God often uses our friends and beloved dear ones to let us know God’s touch in difficult times. So, think of how: 1) you can assist someone in being a tangible sense of God’s love through you – in your body, in your actions, in your words, in your prayers; and how 2) God is with you in whatever difficult interactions you face – to have peace in that. Trust that God is with you always, in the darkest of moments, and that God will never leave you or forsake you. God’s peace everybody. Bye-bye.