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Lenten Devotion 31 4.1.2020

It is difficult to be thankful in difficult times. Human beings tend to focus on their troubles and fears in troubling and fearful times. We all do it and we see it particularly in the Psalms. But the we come to Psalm 100. A prayer – a hymn? – praising God joyfully, confessing the sovereignty of God, thanking God for God’s protection, and declaring God’s goodness and faithfulness to all generations. Ours and those to come. This last part is important. Ours and those to come. God is good and faithful to humanity. It is easy to focus on the present, but God is eternal. God’s faithfulness is eternal and so it is eternal to us, now, and to our descendants. That is how we can praise God even in hard times. So read this Psalm and then read something our own Caitlin Smith posted on Facebook that I think says what this Psalm is all about.
Psalm 100
A Psalm of thanksgiving.
1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is he that made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.
5 For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures for ever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
“Delayed post, but on a super nice day last week, after a hill workout challenge laid down by @grace_bogdon I took a moment to rest. Kicked my shoes off on that holy ground and just relaxed, and took life in that moment in. I looked out over the hill and beyond, and thought of community, though currently distant physically, has been closer than ever in the effort to provide safety and healing for the sick. And it’s easier to rest and just be on those nice days, rather than windy, rainy, and colder days… but.. light and warmth can come from more sources than the sun. “The value of a smile… it costs nothing, but creates much.” Hope everyone is okay and finds that holy ground daily. #createthewarmth #bethelight #holyground #smiletogether #latenightthoughts”

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