Scripture: Psalm 145
Key verse: (4) One generation shall laud your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.
Reflection: Summer brings changes to our routines. Many of us have opportunities to spend time with family and friends. Vacations at the beach, weekends in the mountains, trips to new destinations to visit museums and historic sites. Children go to day camp and “sleep away” camp. Youth go on mission trips, or walk the Camino in Spain, or go to Montreat for youth conference.
We have about another month left this summer. How are you sharing your faith across the generations this summer? You might enjoy the summer schedule at church, coming to worship at 10 and then going out for brunch to talk about how each of you experienced God in worship. You might write a letter to a child at camp and include a favorite Bible verse with the explanation of why it’s your favorite. You might visit your aging parents and take the time to ask them about how they have known God’s presence with them over the years. You might ask a young person for a “God sighting” (where have they seen God today?) and then share your own.
The psalm calls us to share with one another the wonderful works of God. Take a moment now to think over the last week. Where have you seen God this week? When have you experienced love and grace, perhaps shared by your family or friends? How have you felt the Spirit’s nudging you to serve or to give? Taking the time for spiritual reflection in our own lives can enable us to share our faith with one another and with the next generation of disciples. As the psalm ends, “My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, and all flesh will bless his holy name forever and ever.”
Prayer: Sometimes I am so busy that I don’t pay attention to your presence, O God. Slow me down. Give me eyes to see you and ears to hear you. Give me opportunities to share my faith with words that praise you. 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].