Of the three liturgical readings today, only the Psalm speaks to my heart today. The readings from Acts chapter five and John chapter three contain too much of an edge – that familiar dualistic mindset that needs to make others wrong in order to be right.
Of course, tomorrow my perception could change, and these scriptures could vibrantly awaken me or speak to me in a transformative way. Who knows what the Spirit will do in our Reading and Listening!
Psalm 34.8 has for a long time been one of my favorite verses in the bible. I translate it this way:
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted;
and uplifts those who are crushed in spirit.
Like many others in every generation and culture, what I have learned is that if I take a break from life demands and busyness; if I find a place of solitude and silence where I can get still in body and mind, that is often the way in which I can feel again the Grace of an inward spiritual closeness and uplift helping me.
Aware of the many requests for prayer and the complexity of suffering occurring in this moment on this planet, I can only sigh in silence, close my eyes, and trust and wish for this spiritual remedy to arrive in just the right way to all who are the temporarily brokenhearted ones, the momentarily crushed in spirit ones among us.
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