November 8

Psalm 146:6-10

“The Lord watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.” vs. 9

The psalmist expresses his convictions and those of his faith community with a bold assertion, “Happy are those…whose hope is in the Lord their God!” His words have particular relevance for us in this age of political turmoil, ambiguous faith commitments, and rampant materialism. He implies that only God can give the serenity and peace that we crave, that only God can be trusted to bring us blessings. And who is this Lord that he recommends without reservation? Again he tells us plainly. It’s the God who brought all things into existence, the Creator God who made the heavens and the earth and all that is in them. He follows this up with a description of God’s work in our world and it’s here that the faithful receive their marching orders. Our God cares not a whit for the rich and the powerful…God’s concern is with the lowly: the hungry, the prisoners, the strangers, the orphans and the widows. The implication is impossible to escape. If these are the priorities of our God, the One in whom we trust, ought not these persons also be the focus of our concerns? Experience has taught us the truth of these ancient words. Happy are those whose hope is in the Lord and who continue to do the work of the Lord on our hurting planet! As we stand with the poor we are blessed!

Thought for the Day: How have I been blessed by helping the poor?

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