“Here we are, you and I, and I hope a third, Christ, is in our midst.”
Aelred of Rievaulx, 12th Centurynext >
The Lord rules! He is robed in majesty— the Lord is robed, clothed with strength. Yes, he set the world firmly in place; it won’t be shaken. Your throne is set firm for a very long time. You are eternal!
Lord, the floods have raised up— the floods have raised up their voices; the floods raise up a roar! But mightier than the sound of much water, mightier than the sea’s waves, mighty on high is the Lord!
Psalm 93:1-4next >
Today’s reading of a majestic Lord is powerful and yet not nearly as apocalyptic as yesterday's reading from Daniel 7. In these verses from Psalm 93, there’s a sense that God’s up in heaven and “all’s right with the world.” No matter how devastating any floods or other catastrophe might be, the Lord our God is even more powerful – and eternal.
As the old hymn puts it: "We shall not, we shall not be moved" – because God’s love for us is firm and everlasting. God shall never be moved away from loving and caring for us.
Christine Vogelnext >
Steadfast God, help me to believe that nothing can destroy the reality of your power and gracious love in my life. Amen.next >
“Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. […] Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet, 1929
Rev. Christine B. Vogel, D. Min., a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), has served as an associate pastor, a college chaplain, and the Dean of Students at McCormick Theological Seminary. Currently she works as a certified Spiritual Director at Claret Center in Chicago, Illinois.
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