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Thoughts and Happenings

LENT 2019 - Saturday, April 13

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Psalm 85:6-7. Will you not give us life again, that your people may rejoice in you? Show us your mercy, O Lord, and grant us your salvation.

It is the 8th day of “snowpocalypse,” one of the more extreme early Februarys in recent memory.  My cute, fancy automobile does not work in the snow.  I have been house bound.  My daily routine has been interrupted.  I’m contemplating tasks like polishing my late mother’s silver tea service.  I’ve caught an annoying head cold. Will you not give us life again, that your people may rejoice in you?  Heck, even church had to be cancelled out of safety concerns.  And yet, I am grateful.  I live in a warm house and have more than enough food to sustain me and my family.  I am able to communicate with my friends and extended family via Facebook, Messenger and email.   I am thankful that my inconveniences are minor.  I wonder about those who are homeless and pray that they may find safe shelter with good food.  I’m praying for those who have no power, that their electricity gets restored soon.  Am I doing enough to feed the hungry?  I live in one of the wealthiest places on the planet.  What can I do to make sure no one has to sleep on the streets?  Show us your mercy, O Lord, and grant us your salvation. Help me to look beyond my insular self to serve others, so that I may reflect your mercy and eternal hope for salvation.It is the 8th day of “snowpocalypse,” one of the more extreme early Februarys in recent memory.  My cute, fancy automobile does not work in the snow.  I have been house bound.  My daily routine has been interrupted.  I’m contemplating tasks like polishing my late mother’s silver tea service.  I’ve caught an annoying head cold. Will you not give us life again, that your people may rejoice in you?  Heck, even church had to be cancelled out of safety concerns.  And yet, I am grateful.  I live in a warm house and have more than enough food to sustain me and my family.  I am able to communicate with my friends and extended family via Facebook, Messenger and email.   I am thankful that my inconveniences are minor.  I wonder about those who are homeless and pray that they may find safe shelter with good food.  I’m praying for those who have no power, that their electricity gets restored soon.  Am I doing enough to feed the hungry?  I live in one of the wealthiest places on the planet.  What can I do to make sure no one has to sleep on the streets?  Show us your mercy, O Lord, and grant us your salvation. Help me to look beyond my insular self to serve others, so that I may reflect your mercy and eternal hope for salvation.


—Marilyn Pedersen

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