September 3

Psalm 1:1-3

“They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.” vs. 3

The world of this psalmist was not particularly complicated. There were good people and bad people, those who had their act together and those who didn’t. Most of us would probably agree–that’s what we see too. There are those who delight in doing what is right and others who seem to get their kicks from lying and cheating. The psalmist’s description of the righteous is right on–they are like trees planted by streams of water and their fruits abound. In other words, they are those in whom Christ is made visible–their spiritual roots tap into that Divine Presence and the Light is unmistakable. It’s not that they don’t mess up from time to time–all of us know that experience. The ways of the world are powerful and regularly work together to obscure the good in us. But Christ is a powerful presence and has resurrection power. We are regularly raised up with Christ and restored to righteous living. In fact there’s even that hope for the liars and cheats among us. The Christ dwells within them too–on their better days we can glimpse signs of that holy presence, and we’re surprised and made glad by the fruit they bear. What a gift it is to see such restoration! It’s what we want for all God’s children!

Thought for the Day: A stranger in whom I have seen the light of Christ!

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