"I lift up my eyes to the hills- from where will my help come?" Psalm 121:1
Driving south on I-5 on a Saturday afternoon, the traffic was pretty heavy, and I had just passed the junction with 205, and there was a deer in the median. It was looking a little frantic, to say the least. And my human interpretation of the situation was that the creature was sizing up the options for getting to one side or the other of the freeway. Not sure how it got to that particular spot at that time of the day, but it was not a good spot for a frantic animal to be in. I do not know if the predicament was solved without incident, but it sure didn't seem promising.
I felt sorrow for the deer, but also knew that I wasn't going to be of any help to it. Another thing that I felt was a bit of an affinity with it, at least as far as inserting my human emotions into the life of another of God's creatures. Maybe we all know something of that kind of moment. How did I get here? What was I thinking? And what am I going to do now? I may know full well that I got to this spot all by myself, but also being pretty sure that I am not going to get out of it alone.
There are those words of the Psalmist, in particular Psalm 121 this time. There is more to it then that first verse. It is a short, but deeply comforting bit of scripture. But in the complexity of life, and the anxieties that sometimes manifest themselves, it is hard to believe. The 2nd verse says, "My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth." Help us to know your presence Lord, and the peace that it provides.
"Eternal light shine in our hearts. Eternal wisdom scatter the darkness of our ignorance. Eternal compassion have mercy on us. Turn us to seek your face, and enable us to reflect your goodness, through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord. Amen."
This Evening; Joyous Light Evening Service at 6:30 PM
Remember Commitment Sunday November 1st; bring your time, talent and financial pledge sheets.
"Fall Back"... dont forget to set your clocks back 1 hour.