Wednesday, April 23
Daily Office:Micah 7:7-15 ¨ Psalm 97 ¨ Acts 3:1-10 ¨ John 15:1-11
The Lord loves those who hate evil…
— Psalm 97
In my reading and contemplation of Psalm 97 from several different texts, the idea of light and joy seems very appropriate and understandable for a world like our modern world where there are still a large number of people who have not heard about God’s promise to his people - of light and joy. This is especially appropriate to consider in the Easter season. The closing three verses are the ones that seem most relevant to me.
He protects the lives of his people,
And rescues them from the wicked.
Light is sown for the godly and joy for the good.
May all who are godly be happy in the Lord
And crown him, our holy God.
—From The Living Bible
In a lot of the texts, the word righteous is used to describe God’s people. I have trouble with that word, and prefer the terms godly and good, as used here. Perhaps they seem more descriptive of how I feel and are more reflective of our lives. As such, we can all look forward to, and accept, the promise that God gives to his people and thereby crown him, with great joy, as our holy God; he is above and far more powerful than the false gods and idols of others. We are indeed blessed.
- Ron Gruener
I have been at St. Stephen’s about two years officially and probably another year as a frequent flyer before that. I feel very welcome at St. Stephen’s and have made some very good friends. I really feel at home at 8:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. I also find the Rector and Assistant Rector very accessible and supportive.