Some of our ancestors came to this country for a better life. Some newer Canadians have come to this country to escape war and persecution. Here are wonderful opportunities-freedom to worship, to speak, to become informed and vote. How are we living with these freedoms?
The psalmist retrospectively examines his/her peoples’ lives. They had horrifically lost their land. Through that experience many of them lost trust in God. But eventually, God restores them to the land. God does not forget nor give up on them, even though they at times had forgotten, even given up on God.
Looking around and within, I sometimes hear moaning and groaning. The Church isn’t what it once was. Our young people are just not here. But where does such moaning or groaning lead us? Isn’t such moaning or groaning ultimately forgetting God, forgetting the practices to which God continues to call us? The practices of prayer, hospitality, sacrificial giving and faithful worship remain part of God’s call for us.
Remember what God has done in our lives and in the lives of our ancestors. How then can we keep from singing, praying, giving, loving? The Lord has done great things and continues to do so.
O God, forgive our bellyaching. Move us to joyfully practice our faith. Amen. — TBL