Scripture: Psalm 65
Key verses: (1-4)
1 Praise is due to you,
O God, in Zion;
and to you shall vows be performed,
2 O you who answer prayer!
To you all flesh shall come.
3 When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us,
you forgive our transgressions.
4 Happy are those whom you choose and bring near
to live in your courts.
We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,
your holy temple.
Reflection: Where is home for you? Is it where you live now? Is it where you grew up? Maybe it is some other place where you feel safe and welcomed, or a sense of joy out in nature, perhaps. Or perhaps it is where those you love are. Robert Frost wrote sort of cynically, “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” The Psalmist in verse 4 writes about God’s house and family as a home where we are welcomed. There is a place for us there. It’s not a place where God has to take us in. It’s not a place we earn by being worthy of it. God forgives our transgressions, calls us and brings us in, and then sustains us with all the glorious gifts of nature mentioned in the rest of the Psalm, and more. Thanks be to God!
There is much to be thankful for. Many things for which praise is due to God. Today, give thanks to God for the places and people that make up home for you. Take a walk outside and give thanks for God’s bountiful gifts. Give thanks for the goodness of God’s house, and the call of God to community. Then may we all be satisfied and grateful.
Prayer: Lord, we give thanks for all your blessings. We are grateful for your gifts to us. For the people and places that make up home for us, for the glory of nature, for the places you call us to worship and serve and learn, we give thanks. Help us be grateful in all we do. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen.
Author: Julie Hester
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].