Monday, March 23, 2015

Lenten Devotion -- Monday, March 23

Day 33

Lynne M. Baab's focus in this meditation is on where we live. As one who has lived all over the world, and loved everywhere I've lived (some places more than others, admittedly), home is wherever I happen to be at the time. If it so happens that family and friends are close so much the better.

Lord, you have been our dwelling place
    throughout all generations.
But I can see that for those who have a deeper link to their place of origin, and miss it, God as our dwelling place could be very comforting. A place where they belong.

What catches my attention about the psalm, though, is the psalmist's (Moses?) focus on the fleetingness of life.
You turn people back to dust,
    saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.”
A thousand years in your sight
    are like a day that has just gone by,
    or like a watch in the night.
Yes, that can be a frightening concept. But rather than be paralyzed by the fear of the insignificance of our life span, we should rather focus on what we can get done with what we are given.
Teach us to number our days,
    that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Relent, Lord! How long will it be?
    Have compassion on your servants.
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
    that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
    for as many years as we have seen trouble.
May your deeds be shown to your servants,
    your splendor to their children.
By extension, we should do our best to then show God's deeds to our children, the people of God and the people of the world.
May the favor[a] of the Lord our God rest on us;
    establish the work of our hands for us—
    yes, establish the work of our hands.
Questions for reflection:
  1. What does home mean for you? Is it a place, a set of people, a feeling, a smell, a set of values?
    1. Not to be trite but "home is where the heart is." Wherever family, friends, and loved ones are, that's where home is.
  2. In what ways do you experience God as your true home?
    1. Being part of my church home.
    2. Being part of community.
    3. Whenever I am able to be still and quiet enough to feel God's presence, wherever I may be.

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