Reading: Psalm 32
Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. While I kept silence, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. (Psalm 32:1 & 3, NRSV)
The psalmist contrasts the mood of one who is in good fellowship with God to the mood of one who has held back from honest conversation with God. While our moods can be a flighty measure of our spiritual health, still the question implied by the psalmist remains: How is your spiritual health? What's going on between you and God?
It's a question for exploration throughout Lent, not merely for one day. As you read the psalm and as you listen to your spirit's response to these verses and questions, remember that prayer doesn't have to "solve" any spiritual dilemmas all at once. Prayer is the time taken to sit intentionally in fellowship with God.
"I gotcha covered," You say to me,
like a friend unexpectedly
picking up the lunch check,
except that I can't exactly
get the next one (how do you
treat God for lunch or coffee?)
so I smile and say "Thanks"
but I feel secretly embarrassed:
there is no repayment to make,
no favor to be done in return.
You covered me, I owe You,
and I am endlessly grateful.
-- Rachel Hackenberg is a United Church of Christ minister and former Camp Mount Luther summer staff member
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