Date: March 15
Lectionary Link: https://www.lectionarypage.net/WeekdaysOfLent/TuesdaySecondWeek.html
Contributor: Marion Hunner
Reading today’s psalm, I heard a litany of things that we are not supposed to do to honor God. In fact, in my Bible, the psalm is subtitled, “What Pleases God.” I’m sure that the Israelites thought their animal sacrifices were honoring God, but in fact, God wants something completely different. Animal sacrifices are not about who we are - they are a thing we do. One could almost say that they are easy. But to have a thankful heart, or to be honest or loyal – those are intrinsic values. Those take the real work.
The one that really stuck with me today was the grateful heart. Every day I wake up and I am grateful for so very many things. As I write this, I think about how grateful I am for my St. Christopher’s community: the wise and loving leadership of Fr. Randy and Rev. Marilyn; the beautiful music that Karla provides to enrich my worship experience (I am so happy to have the choir back!); the faithful servants of our congregation who tend to everything from the building to the finances, to the various outreach programs, and the love that I feel sitting in the pew each Sunday. These are my people. You are my people! And for you, I am grateful.