Grace Notes - with Pastor Liz
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Grace Notes with Pastor Liz
Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
You turn us back to dust and say, "Turn back, you mortals." For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past, or like a watch in the night.
You sweep them away; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning; in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.
For we are consumed by your anger; by your wrath we are overwhelmed. You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your countenance.
So teach us to number our days that we may gain a wise heart.
Psalm 90, 1-8, 12
Some days are easy to number. The joyful momentous days in our lives that we recount with fond memories: first days of school, big wins with sporting events, birthdays of loved ones, days earned since a sobriety chip, marriages and anniversaries. Some days we remember with weighted gratitude, and heavy hearts: funerals of loved ones, or days spent in the hospital. I know one of the most poignant days in my memory is both the day saying goodbye to my spouse, Phil, and the day welcoming him home after a deployment.
But some days aren’t always so easy to number. The days spent during Phil’s deployment were long, moving slowly, with laborious anxiety and anticipation for their end. Other times the days move quickly, sometimes too quickly, as I recalled celebrating the first birthday of my niece and absolutely could not believe that 365 beautiful days could go by so fast.
In Psalm 90, the psalmist reminds us that God’s time is different than our time. We often are wrapped up in passing time until the next thing- the next move, the next job, the next weekend. But God calls us to take a moment and recognize each and every day as a gift. God’s hold on our lives is bigger than we can ever imagine; God was forming the world before the mountains rose and the sea flowed, and God will be present long after we are gone. Days go by quickly, our lives go by quickly, and yet in God we do not need to fear this mortality. Our time on this earth is precious and temporary, and God will carry us to the everlasting life beyond this one, a life of beauty beyond what we could ever imagine.
God of all our days, you hold the heights of the hills and the caverns of the earth in your hands, and you love each and every one of us for the unique creation we are. We ask that you help us give thanks for our days, numbered though they may be, and remind us that no matter what each moment brings, you are with us. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.