Today, based on the initial readings (listed below), I am stuck with this simple thought: why is it so hard to simply rest in God to do what he says? Why must I always feel I must accomplish and make happen that which he has set forth, why can my soul not rest in him?
- Psalm: 121, 123-125; 128-130
- 2 Samuel 1-4
- Psalm: 6, 8-10, 14, 16, 19, 21
- 1 Chronicles 1-2
- Psalm: 43-45; 49; 84-85; 87
May the word of God be this to our souls:
The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.(Ps 19:7-9)
Psalm 45: 4 – In your majesty ride forth victoriously in the cause of truth, humility and justice...
My thought for the day, and hopefully for the year: I wonder if, in 2011, what our lives may look like if we were committed to establishing these three pillars in our lives: truth, humility, and justice…what would this look like.
Basil of Caesarea fathered the idea of what is called engaged monasticism, which is basically a call to monks and nuns to return to the world and embrace its cares and sorrows as their own, and a reform of society, advocating the creation of a social order based upon simplicity and sharing rather than competition and private ownership (read more here). I want to share a quote of his to begin the new year:
When someone steals a person’s clothes, we call him a thief. Should we not give the same name to one who could clothe the naked and does not? The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry; the coat hanging unused in your closet belongs to those who need it; the shoes rotting in your closet to the one who has no shoes. The money which you hoard up belongs to the poor.
Today’s readings in the scripture and common prayer seemed to combine the idea of resting in God and the simple life engaged in justice. Ironically, if you read back through some of my blogs, this is and was the hope for the focus of 2011. So, maybe the foundation of that is to seek God to establish in me what the psalmist prayed God would focus on: truth, humility, and justice.
Lord, you are always weaving the things of heaven with the things of earth. You dwell among us, above us, and within us. Make us expectant of angels tarrying to do your work. Form us into eager messengers, ready to speak peace in broken communities – Amen