May 13

Psalm 66:8-20

“Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard, who has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip.” vss. 8-9

We still don’t know when or if life will return to normal as we continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. For some the middle of May is seen as a time to loosen restrictions and begin to open up the economy. Others are more pessimistic and believe the virus will be a part of our lives for months, or even years to come. Regardless, decisions will be made–and we can pray that they will be wise and informed. And what else can we do? The psalmist has a suggestion. He writes, “Bless our God…let the sound of his praise be heard, who has kept us among the living…” Not all have been affected by the virus in the same way. Many have been able to escape it by virtue of their station in life or occupation. It has had a disproportionate effect on the poor and the aged, and those working in crowded conditions. Health care workers have been hit hard. But if we are among the living, certainly there is room for thanksgiving and praise. There’ll be other days for debating the mysteries of why bad things happen to good people. For now, we are alive, and that’s worth a boatload of alleluias! And there’s no good reason to keep our “thank you’s” to ourselves!

Thought for the Day: How has this virus changed my life?

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