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Lenten Devotions from Fourth Presbyterian Church

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Today’s Scripture Reading | Psalm 93

The Lord is king, he is robed in majesty;
   the Lord is robed, he is girded with strength.
He has established the world; it shall never be moved;
   your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting.

The floods have lifted up, O Lord,
   the floods have lifted up their voice;
   the floods lift up their roaring.
More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters,
   more majestic than the waves of the sea,
   majestic on high is the Lord!

Your decrees are very sure;
   holiness befits your house,
   O Lord, forevermore. (NRSV)

This psalm is an important reminder that through the chaos and storms of life, God is with us. I will admit, when I think of holy “thin spaces” I think of calm, peaceful moments.

One of my go-to activities when I was volunteering in South Korea was to go hiking in the mountains on the weekends. Korea has so many great hiking trails. It was great to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, there were amazing views, and I always felt like the stress of the week melted away the further I climbed. Looking back at the city, everything seemed so small. There in nature I took time to sit and listen to God, to give thanks for creation.

When I would come back down the mountain, back to “reality,” I often let God get lost in the mix of things. But Psalm 93 reminds us that God is in the chaos, that chaos glorifies God as well. The challenge is how can I make space in the chaos to listen to God? Next time I hear a clap of thunder or the blare of a car horn, may I remember that God is mightier than that and use that chaos as a reminder to glorify God.

God, you are amazing and mighty. Thank you for always being with me. Help me to remember your presence in my everyday life and that it is all your creation; may it bring me peace. Amen.

Written by Katie Patterson, Youth Mission Coordinator

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