July 4, Psalm 33

Written by Barb Heerman

Before the pandemic, I loved to participate in aqua aerobics classes. Jogging, kicking, and leaping in the water, I gained energy for the rest of the day. In the summer, the sun warmed my back as the water kept me cool.

Once COVID-19 struck, pools closed. Despite the stress on my knees, I have found the same sense of uplift from morning walks in my neighborhood. I began snapping pictures of spring flowers to post on Facebook to show my northern friends that spring would come, but I worried about depressing them as the snow continued to fall near Chicago. As I continued to post pictures, people continued to thank me. The flowers brought a sense of hope to those of us in Middle TN as well as to my friends and family in the north. Friends asked me to continue the posts, and I even received emails from some saying how much they enjoyed them. I started to add pictures of unusual things in my neighborhood that I had seen on a daily walk:  a bear carved on a tree stump, a chalk message on the walking trail, and a sign saying “Love thy Neighbor.” I had always been someone who had seen the beauty of the neighborhood, but I had not focused on the beauty of the specific trees or flowers within. Now when I walk, my eye is out for the special burst of color, the flower I can’t identify or a garden adornment that is there to amuse. As the pandemic has spread, I have become more aware of the names of Middle TN plants and more aware of the beauty of individual flower petals, all part of God’s creation.

May God show you the beauty of each day as we pray for deliverance from the pandemic.

Psalm 33 v. 1 – 9, 20 – 23

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous. Praise befits the upright.
Praise the Lord with the lyre, make melody to him with the harp of ten strings.
Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.
For the word of the Lord is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness.
He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.
He gathered the waters of the sea as in a bottle; he put the deeps in storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the word stand in awe of him. 
For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.
Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and shield.
Our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.

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