TAKE A MOMENT TO BREATHE IN GOD’S PRESENCE as you begin.
4 Sing praises to the Lord, O you God’s faithful ones,
and give thanks to God’s holy name.
5 For God’s anger is but for a moment;
God’s favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may linger for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.
A Sermon from Rev. Jeff Lindsay
This week Rev. Jeff Lindsay preached on Psalm 30, and began with a video from the iconic film Singing in the Rain (as re-interpreted in a Volkswagen commercial). If you haven’t done so yet, you can listen to the whole sermon online.
As Rev. Jeff noted, so often when life is going well we encounter challenges and this raises questions for many of us, such as: Is God still there? Is God still for us? This Psalm, and the reminder from verse 5: “Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning,” reminds me of the poem by John O’Donohue “For the One Who is Exhausted.” May it be an encouragement to you as you encounter whatever rain, or weeping, or sorrow may be present in your life. And, in time, may the joy and dancing also find you.
FOR ONE WHO IS EXHAUSTED
When the rhythm of the heart becomes hectic,
Time takes on the strain until it breaks;
Then all the unattended stress falls in
On the mind like an endless, increasing weight.
The light in the mind becomes dim.
Things you could take in your stride before
Now become laborsome events of will.
Weariness invades your spirit.
Gravity begins falling inside you,
Dragging down every bone.
The tide you never valued has gone out.
And you are marooned on unsure ground.
Something within you has closed down;
And you cannot push yourself back to life.
You have been forced to enter empty time.
The desire that drove you has relinquished.
There is nothing else to do now but rest
And patiently learn to receive the self
You have forsaken in the race of days.
At first your thinking will darken
And sadness take over like listless weather
The flow of unwept tears will frighten you.
You have traveled too fast over false ground;
Now your soul has come to take you back.
Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.
Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free.
Imitate the habit of twilight,
Taking time to open the well of color
That fostered the brightness of day.
Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.
Be excessively gentle with yourself…
Excerpt from, ‘For One Who is Exhausted.’
BENEDICTUS (Europe) / TO BLESS THE SPACE BETWEEN US (US)
PRAYER. God, meet us in our weeping and mourning. Meet us in our sorrow or weariness. May your love find us and sustain us, even in the silence of the night. Amen.
TAKE A MOMENT OF SILENCE as you close.