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Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! (Psalm 146:1)
As a child growing up in the 1960’s and 70’s in Islip NY, life was full of open spaces and nothing but time. Our house at 61 Wilson Blvd., was set on a relatively quiet, typical suburban street and neighborhood for that time. Everywhere my eyes would look I saw more and more beauty, trees, streams of water, blue sky and wide open spaces.
We knew most of our neighbors, especially the neighbors closest to our home. The area was still somewhat under-developed especially as it stands today and my friends and I would spend hours playing amongst the wooded areas where houses now stand. My backyard was bordered by the stream of water that flowed under Moffitt Blvd. from Winganhauppauge Lake that fed into Champlain Creek and eventually into the Great South Bay.
Mornings and Afternoons, especially in the summer, would often be spent walking along the edge of that stream in and along the woods, with paths that were created by our steps and hands as we cleared out places to walk. As time went by these open areas began to be developed more and more and the once pristine areas lost their innocence and charm. As I look back now I realize my eyes and mind may not have been as open to the wonder around me, at least as open as they are now.
I thought a great deal about my time growing up and of my time walking through the wooded areas of my neighborhood during my recent trip to Avon Colorado. The beauty of God’s creation came alive in the majestic Rocky Mountains. Where once I roamed the woods of Wilson Blvd and trampled through the brush without taking even a moment to ponder or appreciate, the wide open spaces of Avon now declared the Lord’s greatness. From the mountain tops, to the lower areas that were still 10,000 feet above sea level, to the trails, that Tricia and I hiked over the six days we were there, God’s creation was alive and sights and sounds were not only apparent, but real. We didn’t walk to get to a destination as much as we walked to take in and live with the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touch of what was all around.
As we gather together at the end of another summer and many return to worship services, (Sunday 8 AM and 10 AM, beginning Sept. 13th, Saturday 5 PM beginning Sept 19th ) Sunday school, (Sunday 10 AM beginning Sept 13th) Pre-school, (Beginning Monday Sept. 14th) Confirmation (Beginning Thursday Sept. 17th) and other opportunities, such as Bible Studies, (New studies beginning Wednesday Sept. 23rd) to hear God’s Word, you may be doing so with eyes and minds that are partially closed or take for granted all that’s around you. Your return may be part of a tradition that prescribes the beginning of September as the time to return after a summer of rest and relaxation, a summer where you put aside anything that might have put you on a prescribed schedule. You may return with memories yet not with appreciation.
Well whether this describes you or if you are one of the many who worshipped and continued in the Word of God over the summer, I turn all of you to the Word and particularly to Psalm 146 this month. This Psalm is the beginning of five Praise Psalms that bring the Psalms to a close. As the psalmist declares his praise, he does so declaring where he has placed his trust. His trust is not in the things of this world but in the One who Creates, who Redeems, who makes Righteous.
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!
Hopefully you have great memories from this past summer. Maybe you have great memories from summers past. Maybe you have great memories of your time at Trinity or at some other previous place of worship. Maybe your memories are not so great, yet still you return. Maybe you have been faithfully worshipping. Maybe you have regularly worshipped, yet do so because …. well it’s what you are supposed to do. Maybe you feel as if worship and attending services is more of an inconvenience than anything else. Maybe it’s something else and for other reasons.
Whatever it is I ask you to look at Psalm 146 again or maybe for the first time and pray these words of the psalmist and allow the Holy Spirit to work these words in your heart and in your life. Allow your senses to come alive and trust that these are words that never end, that are alive today, not only as a memory but as a reality for today and forever.
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!
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