June 10

Psalm 100

“For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” vs. 5

It’s easy to be distracted when we’re fed a mind-numbing stream of images, tweets, videos, and memes from every direction nearly every day. We get caught up in the charges and countercharges and are overwhelmed by the sense that evil is ruling in our world and that humanity is doomed. We can’t seem to shake the prejudice and the “isms” that are endemic among us, and wonder if we’ll ever be able to overcome our differences and live together in harmony. Sometimes it seems that the biblical writers must have lived in better times–often their words are so positive and optimistic. Of course, that’s not the case! The psalmist was likely well aware of the ugliness that clings so closely and that brings such pain in our communities. But he refused to allow that knowledge define the future or color his view of God. He knew that there is abundant and enduring love in our universe, a love that persists through all generations. Now is our turn to claim that vision and recognize that our hope is not built on the vagaries of human weakness but on the presence of God’s love that exists in all and through all. We will weather these ugly days, not because our politicians are so wise and wonderful, but because God is faithful and good–and that’s the bottom line!

Thought for the Day: When have I been surprised by love?

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