Isaiah 3:1-5:30; 2 Corinthians 11:1-15; Psalm 53:1-6; Proverbs 22:28-29
Seeking, Understanding, Restoring
If one is in tune with current events via newspaper, television, or the internet, then today’s reading of Psalm 53 may seem like a story written today.
So, often people make statements that echo the first line of the psalm, “There is no God.” The news of today is about crime and corruption in business and politics. Even in the church, there are broken relationships, murder, terrorism, persecution, wars, failing economies, and morals and ethics have become relative. It seems as if there is no longer The Truth, but your truth and my truth.
Those of deep faith in the God of all creation are quick to ask the same question, “Is there none who does good?” Seeking the Lord in all things—the good, the bad, and the ugly—brings true understanding. We should pray as the psalmist prays, “Oh, that salvation for us would come from the Lord our God! When God restores the fortunes of his people, let us rejoice, let us be glad” (Psalm 53:6).
Prayer: God our Father, you see your children growing up in an unsteady and confusing world. Show them that your ways give more life than the ways of the world, and that following you is better than chasing after selfish goals. Help them to take failure, not as a measure of their worth, but as a chance for a new start. Give them strength to hold their faith in you, and to keep alive their joy in your creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. ~ The Book of Common Prayer 1979
The Rev. James Brzezinski
The Church of the Holy Faith
Santa Fe, NM