The words I share today are from the Psalms, but I first heard some of them in song lyrics over thirty years ago when my brother sent me a cassette tape containing early Amy Grant recordings. At the time, I had never heard of this artist, and soon became a fan of her songs of hope and faith in God’s WORD. Lately I’ve been finding comfort in the Psalms, and Psalm 119 especially brings comfort during unsettling times. If you have ever felt that your faith in someone or something has been shaken to its very core, perhaps you can understand the sentiment I express.
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path (Psalm 119:105)
I rise before dawn and cry out; I put my hope in your words (Psalm 119:147)
In recent writings I have mentioned that this is a time of transition in the life of my family, but isn’t all of life a transitory process? Do you find times of transition to be unsettling, too? If so, what words of Scripture, if any, speak to you? And do you find comfort, as I do, in our Sunday (or Saturday evening) gatherings at Mass with the entire parish community?
The older I get, the more I realize what I have yet to understand. Wisdom is a valuable commodity that only comes through living out some of the more challenging moments of one’s life.
Let my cry come before you, LORD; in keeping with your word, give me understanding. (Psalm 119:169)