The reading for today is Psalm 85:8-13. This passage is taken from The Message.
8 - 9 I can’t wait to hear what he’ll say.
God’s about to pronounce his people well,
The holy people he loves so much,
so they’ll never again live like fools.
See how close his salvation is to those who fear him?
Our country is home base for Glory!
10-13 Love and Truth meet in the street,
Right Living and Whole Living embrace and kiss!
Truth sprouts green from the ground,
Right Living pours down from the skies!
Oh yes! God gives Goodness and Beauty;
our land responds with Bounty and Blessing.
Right Living strides out before him,
and clears a path for his passage.
Right Living, or Righteousness in other biblical texts, is a free gift to us from God. We are called to listen to His Word and follow Him. God gives Goodness and Beauty as the psalmist writes. We are created to be part of His family, all of us together.
Cindy and I ventured out to church last week (June 28th) for the first time in three and a half months. It was good to be back in the sanctuary at Living Lord. It was wonderful to see our fellow parishioners there to worship together. Following worship online is a great innovation that has helped us in this time of pandemic and social isolation. While we have been blessed in having online worship, it doesn’t give us that sense of community that comes from being with others of faith.
This time of year is usually filled with trips to the Farmers Market to buy fresh produce from our local farms. God’s hand has provided for the bounty from the fields. Although COVID-19 has changed much in the way we shop, finding the local fruits and vegetables is still a pleasure.
Dear Lord, open our ears and hearts to Your Word so that we may live in the joy of Your Grace. Let us be thankful for the bounty of the earth. Amen
Prayer Concern - For the farmers who tend their crops to reap the bounty of the earth.
Alternate verses - 1 Kings 18:1-16 or Acts 17:10-15