“So I will bless you as long as I live; I will lift up my hands and call on your name. My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast, and my mouth praises you with joyful lips.” – Psalm 63:4 - 5
With food on my mind, I am drawn to today’s reading from Psalm 63. “My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast, and my mouth praises you with joyful lips.” As with many Thanksgiving celebrations, we had a great variety of food – a rich feast. Too many options to choose from – and so little acreage on any one dinner plate.
And when we reflect on the rich feast provided by God, our soul is said to be satisfied. Perhaps it is because of one particular life-changing moment of revelation. But it is more likely that the richness of God’s nourishment comes to us in phases, in seasons, and over time - we become full. Grace when least expected, the courage to forgive an unspeakable wrong, the audacity to stand up to oppression. Mercy at our lowest point, humility in the spotlight. May we give thanks during this season of Advent. For the ongoing feast that nourishes our soul. May we remember to praise God with joyful lips.
The Rev. Brandon Peete is the Assistant Rector at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Brandon has served the parish since June of 2013. In addition to supervision and sacramental work, Brandon facilitates Kadosh Adult Formation, mentors Education for Ministry, and helps to guide pilgrims in Inquiry/Journey.