I am trying to utilize all my time to the best of my abilities as I have a lot to do and deadlines are looming. Train rides are now filled reading and writing. I have been asked to write a sermon on Psalm 133 in German for an area wide church magazine and my sermon is to be sandwiched between the sermons of two former bishops of the area for this short publication. The morning commute is taken up quickly with reading, underlining and note taking. The pressure seems immense.
The train back is the same, but the sermon is not for publication, rather it is for Sunday morning worship. Along with meetings, visiting, and family life things are pretty busy. This morning the news was all about the violence in Nice, France. It was difficult to read and reflect about any scriptures without the thoughts of those who have suffered great violence coming to mind. Psalm 133 is especially potent as unity is a theme. A Psalm to repeat as a hope, a way forward, and of a remembrance of better times.
Psalm 133. 1 “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”
Life is always on a razors edge and so we make the best of what we can, when we can.
The weather last week was hot and humid and it seems the corn and grain had sprouted up higher, but then came the cool weather and some heavy rain. While taking the train I get to know more and more of the scenery. Some famers have cut and balled their hay already, and other fields now lay a bit flattened like some giant has danced poorly across the ground leaving scattered footprints in the fields.
Lately in France, and other countries, it feels like when it rains it pours. All the more reason to ball up some of our hay, our Scriptural ‘food for thought’ and nourishment so that we can get through the hard times with the eternal hope of new life in Christ.