A Journey Through the Psalms: Reflections for Worried Hearts and Troubled Times
Preaching the Psalms Cycles A, B, C
Little children love to walk on the edge. They can be seen constantly balancing on fences, curbs, and tree branches as they test their sense of balance and seek the boundaries of their existence. And indeed, as this powerful psalm shows us, life is a balancing act. No naive transactional relationship here. No quick cash deal. This writer does not presume that fidelity to God will erase the presence of enemies and hardship. No. The realization that such turmoil is part of life's landscape seems clear and unequivocal.
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War II, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.