THURSDAY THOUGTS October 21st 2021

THURSDAY THOUGTS October 21st 2021

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A copy of  October 21st Thursday Thoughts can be viewed: HERE

October 21, 2021

Living Psalms Book is created by UCC Witness & Worship Artists’ Group, a Network of UCC connected artists, activists and ministers bridging the worship and liturgy of the local church with witness and action in the community.  I appreciated the reflection of this group of writers as they pondered how to bring this Psalm to life for us in these days:
Living Psalm 34; 1-8(19-22)

Bless God in the mess,
in the stress, in the wonder, in the might,
Bless God in the grief
With each heartbeat, and in the lonely soul night,
Bless God while I sleep and while I wake,
and while everything within me aches,

Bless God when my joy shatters through my body and my voice erupts in song,
Bless God in the morning, at midday and the gloaming moments all along.
Because when I stretch ed towards God, They answered me, and delivered me.
God carried me through the panic moments and uncertainties,
And still, found me moments of gratitude.

I wept and I cried and I grieved and sighed,
not recognizing this polarized world in pandemic stride,
And yet, here I am, anew, months and months later.
The Angels of the Lord accompanied me,
Strengthened me into mutual aid and care of community,

Taste, then, and see, this feast of abundance,
The wonder of possibility,
The knowing that God is Good.
God will not abandon us in the struggle.
O Bless the Lord, my Soul.

(Living Psalm 34; 1-8(19-22)—Pentecost 22B was written by Chris Davies)

Rev. Dr.  Barbara Kershner Daniel

Senior Pastor
Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ

Article by Jenna Duranko