“For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy ” – Psalm 92
“I sing for joy at what your hands have done. How great are your works, Lord….”
After some reflection, a couple of different thoughts settled in my mind. The first was a call to live more consciously live in the moment, and be thankful for what we have through God’s blessings and for his creation. How easy it is for us to get lost in the complexities of our jobs, raising families and the rush of activities that accompany the holidays. Beauty abounds around us in very simple things…a sleeping dog, a boy reading a book, cooking a meal with a loved one.
“The righteous will flourish like a palm tree…”
Another reflection, concerning the second half of the psalm, was a recognition that there will be difficult times in life, but that we will be rewarded if we persevere in doing God’s will. One example would be when we are called to take stands on issues we know to be just, and as a result may suffer criticism or harm because of our beliefs and actions. Dealing with situations like this are stressful; we can take comfort from knowing that we’re in the right, but it’s also of great comfort and support that the psalm calls us to lean on the Lord: “The Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”
Thomas Cronin has been a member of St. Stephen’s since June, 1997. He was received in a confirmation service in 1998. He has served on a pastoral care team, taught Sunday school, and is presently an usher and a member of the altar guild.