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Monday, March 18, 2013

Today’s Reading | Psalm 63:1–8

O God, you are my God, I seek you,
     my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
     as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
     beholding your power and glory.
Because your steadfast love is better than life,
     my lips will praise you.
So I will bless you as long as I live;
     I will lift up my hands and call on your name.

My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast,
     and my mouth praises you with joyful lips
when I think of you on my bed,
     and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
for you have been my help,
     and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.
My soul clings to you;
     your right hand upholds me. (NRSV)


I was fortunate enough to study abroad in Florence, Italy, in the fall of my senior year of college, and it was the best experience of my life. One of my favorite things about living in Florence and traveling around Europe was the chance to view so many amazing churches. I found many of them to be left open for anyone to wander into and have their moment of solace.

Entering those sacred spaces was something I will never forget. “I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and glory”—when I read this verse in Psalm 63, I was immediately transported back to the churches in Italy, sitting in a pew in awe of God’s glory. I feel grateful that Fourth Presbyterian Church is able to leave their doors open to the many visitors of Chicago, creating a home for so many. It allows people to experience that “power and glory” whenever they may need it.

Life comes into play though, and true Christian experiences are not about that perfect setting. As verse 6 says “On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.” My walk with Christ comes into play at all times of the day, in every moment. In moments when extreme patience is required, in moments of total joy, in moments of deep peace. God’s glory is to be felt and shared in every opportunity and in every situation.


Dear Lord, help me to seek you in all ways, at all times, and in all walks of life. May I come to fully understand that your love has no boundaries and is present and available to all who seek it. Amen.

Written by Ashley
Elskus, Special Events and Membership Coordinator, Center for Life and Learning

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