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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Today’s Reading | Psalm 105:1–8

O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name,
     make known his deeds among the peoples.
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
     tell of all his wonderful works.
Glory in his holy name;
     let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Seek the Lord and his strength;
     seek his presence continually.
Remember the wonderful works he has done,
     his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,
O offspring of his servant Abraham,
     children of Jacob, his chosen ones.

He is the Lord our God;
     his judgments are in all the earth.
He is mindful of his covenant forever,
     of the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations. (NRSV)


At Fourth Presbyterian Church we enter the Lenten season with a grand new facility, the Gratz Center. It is capable of serving our community with new services. We have a church campus that can provide an inspirational church home to almost double our current membership. We have just elected one third of our officer team. They will join our current officers, each with their own vision to add to our success. We have a spectacular staff with education, insight, and energy to move the church. And not too far down the road, we will call a new pastor to guide and inspire our congregation. So “Here We Go!” Right? Well maybe.

Our city is locked in a cycle of violence that we can’t seem to break. Our state, a financial disaster, can’t even find a place to begin to talk. Our national government, facing a major opportunity to address fiscal policy and the future direction of our country, can’t seem to foster any common ground. Major challenges of public safety, social justice, and the environment elicit extreme retort, not discussion.

Psalm 105 reminds us that God has done wonderful works, provided sound judgments, and even miracles for his people and that God has always been with us. Let’s find strength and focus with this psalm to move forward. Go forth!


Dear God, thank you for the magnificent gifts we enjoy. Help me to find direction and strength and join others to help do more wonderful works for you. Amen.

Written by Gerald Bloomer, member of Fourth Presbyterian Church

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