April 7

Psalm 71:1-14

“For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth. Upon you I have leaned from my birth; it was you who took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of you.” vss. 5-6

Many of us fall into the category of what might be called “cradle Christians.” Our parents (at least one of them) were believers and we were raised and nurtured in the church. We went to worship and Sunday School and have had a life-long relationship with faith communities. Most of us haven’t had conversion experiences and we can’t think of a moment when we “gave our hearts to Jesus.” Even though our faith practices may have been lax at times we’ve probably never even questioned the basic teachings we’ve been taught. Like the psalmist we’ve leaned on the Lord from our birth. When times have been tough and moments of suffering have come, it’s been second nature to pray and trust that God will see us through. If that’s been our story we have much to rejoice about as we move through the seasons of life. Faith brings stability–it’s a wonderful foundation for enjoying the goodness of existence and the joys of creation. And if our connection to Jesus is more than cultural, we’ve undoubtedly been the source of great blessings to others too. Whether we know it or not, in Jesus’ words, we have been the “salt of the earth,” and have delivered savory goodness to the lives of our family and friends. Thanks and praise be to God!

Thought for the Day: What is a “cultural connection” to Jesus?

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