Scripture: Psalm 145
Key verses: (1-5)
1 I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name forever and ever.
2 Every day I will bless you,
and praise your name forever and ever.
3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
his greatness is unsearchable.
4 One generation shall laud your works to another,
and shall declare your mighty acts.
5 On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
Reflection: I returned recently from a trip across the northern coast of Spain, walking part of the ancient pilgrimage road of the Camino de Santiago. For 12 days my group and I walked, building up from 6 miles the first day, to 13+ miles a day for the last few. We walked over 100 miles through glorious sun-drenched days, and through a couple of rainy cold days as well. We walked through farmland, coastal beaches, small towns, forest trails, and along asphalt highways. Sometimes we walked in silence and alone. Sometimes we walked together, sharing stories and songs.
I’ll be processing and considering all that I learned for a while. (I promise I’ll try not to start too many conversations or devotions with “when I was walking the Camino…”) The almost otherworldly beauty I walked through at times was the kind not experienced when passing in a car. It came from slowing down enough to really see and hear and notice what was around me. Fog rising off a field. Trees that are ancient and majestic. A sky that is immense. Flowers, farmers, fellow pilgrims. Love everywhere. I learned for the first time to meditate on the glorious splendor of God’s majesty, not with my eyes closed in prayer, but with my eyes open as I walked. Now I get to relearn how to do it here, at home.
Today, take five minutes, or ten, to walk outside if you can. Take a deep breath. Slow your thoughts. And just look at what (or who) God has put in front of you. It’s a splendid gift.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the world you have created. Help me walk through it with my eyes open to beauty and love, giving thanks to you. In the name of Christ, I 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].