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Monday, August 19, 2013

Monday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time

“They did not exterminate the peoples, as the LORD had commanded them, But mingled with the nations and learned their works. They served their idols, which became a snare for them. They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons. They became defiled by their works, and wanton in their crimes. And the LORD grew angry with his people, and abhorred his inheritance. Many times did he rescue them, but they embittered him with their counsels. Yet he had regard for their affliction when he heard their cry. (PSALM 106:34-35, 36-37, 39-40, 43AB AND 44)

The book of Psalms is comprised of many different kinds of poems and songs. Some of them are for joyous times, and some are when things are not going well, and we wonder where God is. The authorship of Psalms is attributed to David, one of the most inspirational individuals in the Bible.  To me, he shows human fallibility as he fell many times in his actions. And yet, he is also known for facing giants – both literally and figuratively  ̶  and overcoming great odds. He is the living example that “all things are possible through our God.”

I love this particular Psalm because even though the people strayed from God, God heard their crys and had regard for them. He felt for them. He remembered them and His promise to them. I take from this Psalm that no matter what we’ve done or left undone, if we cry out with a repentant heart, God is there for us. In fact, God never leaves us. In the New Testament, Jesus’ words support this: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”  What an assurance that is!


Ever-present and loving God,

we know that we are not always who we should be.

But You are the same, yesterday, today and tomorrow.

And because of that, we know that Your promises for us always will hold true.

We thank You for that!

Todd Forkel
CEO, Avera St. Luke's Hospital

JUDGES 2:11-19 ● PSALM 40:2, 3, 4, 18 ● PSALM 106:34-35, 36-37, 39-40, 43AB AND 44 ● MATTHEW 19:16-22

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