Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Psalm 104:24-34, 35b

Pentecost - Year B

Always be a bit suspect when something is left out. This section of the Psalm begins, “ manifold are your works!” Then, at the end, leaves out “Let sinners be consumed from the earth, and let the wicked be no more.”

Are “sinners” and the “wicked” part of the manifold works? Where then lies their being excluded and if they are excluded, who will protest when it is our turn? What feels good from a privileged position now cannot be guaranteed.

No wonder someone feels like they must continually sing praise. Might a bit of a lapse bring being lumped with those sinners we cared not a whit for? This is dangerous territory when we stop to consider some imaginary gap between creation and sin and whether praise can bridge it.

For now imagine the wind blowing ships hither and yon. Imagine them tacking into and running with the wind. When wind interacts with life, there are all these little decisions to make. Blessings on your hearing a new wind blow and responding well no matter from whence it arises.

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