September 17

Psalm 113:1-4

“From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the Lord is to be praised.” vs. 3

Now that we’ve figured out how to overcome darkness with artificial illumination we’re in danger of falling out of sync with the natural rhythms of the earth. There was a time when we marked our days by the rising and the setting of the sun, and they varied in length with the seasons of the year. That was the world of the psalmist and he recommended that those hours of daylight be lived to the glory of God. Such days begin with rejoicing as the predawn rays of the sun begin to erode the darkness and the stars disappear from sight. This is a good time–and it’s fitting in these moments to offer the Lord a greeting. Every day is precious and a special gift from God! And though our days often seem routine we can be sure they’ll be full of Christ’s presence. We’ll be guided and supported every step of the way–of course there’ll be challenges–there always are, such is the nature of our call. But when we’re walking in the name of the Lord those missteps become part of the adventure–and all is good! And then comes the evening, a time for sharing at the table and checking in with loved ones. We’re tired, and welcome the encroaching darkness and the return of the stars. We’re ready for sleep and offer our prayers of praise and supplication. And then we rest, a precious foretaste of the peace that is to come.

Thought for the Day: What’s the rhythm of my day?

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