Monday August 20 2018

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Scripture: Psalm 145

Key verses: (3-4) Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall laud your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.

Reflection: A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to ask a group of young adults “who talked with you about God?” Their answers were wonderful. I heard about faithful grandmothers, and Associate Pastors for Youth Ministry, and college friends. One person made the clear distinction between people who talked WITH her about God from those who TOLD her about God.

Psalm 145 is an alphabetic acrostic, so each verse begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The writer uses the alphabet as a way to prompt praises to God (God is awesome, benevolent, compassionate, divine, excellent – you get the idea!).

Today’s psalm challenges us to share the good news about God with the next generation. There are a lot of folks who are quick to tell you about God. (I’m always suspicious about people who are overly certain and fast to tell you what they “know” about God!) What would it look like to have conversations WITH people? How can we share our own stories about God’s greatness in our lives? Everyone is called to share the faith with others.  Some of us do that by serving as Sunday School teachers, youth advisors, or confirmation leaders.  Others of us do that by welcoming visitors who attend worship or by packing lunches for our homeless neighbors. And others do that by talking at the family dinner table about where they saw God at work today. How will you laud God’s works today?

Prayer: I offer myself to you, O God. Equip me and encourage me as I share my faith with those around me. Through Christ I pray. Amen.

Author: Millie Snyder

[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].

 

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