It took a year to read the Bible, then almost 9 months to read the Apocrypha. Now, I'm going to try to offer reflections on the Narrative Lectionary. But, I won't be posting daily--at least, for a while.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

God's Saving Power, a Reflection on Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45b

Thanks to, I found Ralph Minton's website, Rumors, which is described as SERMON HELPS FOR PREACHERS WITH A SENSE OF HUMOR.

Here is an excerpt: 
Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c – paraphrased by Jim Taylor
God's Saving Power
Our team won gold at the Olympics; our candidate wins the election; our author wins the Pulitzer Prize – and we act as if we had something to do with it.

Psalm 105 does remind us that we owe thanks to the Lord. Verses 23-26 recount the story of Israel--the man and the people. Jacob's descendants were immigrant who did well. This psalm reminds us that their success was due to the help of the Lord. And, when their presence made their hosts unhappy, the Lord sent Moses and Aaron to rescue them. 

We can appropriate these sentiments. We really haven't been totally responsible for everything good that happens around and to us. And we really aren't left alone to deal with the bad.

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