Usually I keep away from direct religious references. Not because I am afraid of acknowledging my faith, anyone who knows me knows how very, very Catholic I attempt to be, but rather because I prefer to weasel my way inside your mind with the faith without your overt knowledge.
Cue diabolical laugh.
But anyway, today I break that rule in order to discuss something dear to my heart. Psalm 86.
It's not just a random number. Well it is, but I didn't pick the Psalm randomly if you catch my meaning.
But before I digress further let me provide the relevant portion of Christian Scripture, Psalm 86:11-13 and verse 16:
"Teach me, Lord, what You want me to do, and I will obey You faithfully; teach me to serve You with all my heart, O Lord my God; I will proclaim Your greatness forever. How great is Your constant love for me! You have saved me from the grave itself...Turn to me and have mercy on me; strengthen me and save me, because I serve You just as my mother did."
This psalm contains many things to me. Devotion, sorrow, love, mercy and a wonderful reference to Mary the Mother of God. But it is more than that.
In essence this Psalm carries EXACTLY what it means to be a Christian. It is devotion to serve and praise God; it is a reminder of our salvation from sin and that the "wage of sin is death"; and of just how we can serve with humility like Mary did.
And I owe a huge debt to the woman who showed it to me. I don't know if I can pay it, but I shall try to make a down payment with this reflection.
God awaits us. He awaits, like He waited for Mary and her "Let it be done unto me, according to Your Word."
We are called to give the same response. In our daily work lives and beyond we must answer His call with devotion. We must remember the salvation that awaits those who walk His path. It won't be easy. But He never promised it would be easy, only that we would not be overcome by our troubles. And after all, He walked up a far harder hill to Calvary for us, so this is the least we can do.
So reach out and ask the Lord to teach you so that you might know His will and how to serve Him. Sometimes the answer will be silence, sometimes it will be a person entering/leaving your life and other times you might hear a small quiet voice whisper to you.
However you are answered, be open to it. I have not always been to my shame, but that is a part of all of our lives.
Yesterday with all our failures, has already happened. Tomorrow with whatever may occur, isn't here yet. We have only today and we must answer Christ. Today.
How will you respond? How do you want to respond to the one who "saved you from the grave itself?"
Thank you and God bless.
This post is dedicated to the woman who showed me Psalm 86. Pax to you.