Sunday, October 29, 2017
Our heart is glad in the Lord, because we trust in his holy name.
Contentment is an amazing thing. It is so simple that little children, people living with illness, and people with no worldly power or riches, can have contentment. And yet, contentment can elude people who seem to have all the money and means to obtain anything they want. Contentment doesn’t depend on winning the lottery or finding Mr. Right, getting a promotion or living in a mansion.
Contentment can come to Aborigines in the Outback and to monarchs in castles. It can come to us. We know we have it when we lie down to sleep … and then wake up to a new day … feeling that “our heart is glad.” Almost always, it comes when we can finally trust; trust God. If we have such contentment, let’s savor it and be grateful for it. It is at once a common and a very rare gift.
©Carol Dean Henn
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Lord, to you I have committed my cause.
Little kids playing outdoors choose sides for games. In gym class, students are asked to choose the classmates who will be on their teams. We choose our friends, and sometimes even our colleagues—the people with whom we want to work. We make such choices all the time. And when challenges come in life, when our belief system is tested or our core values come under attack, we have to choose again. We can give in to those who want us to ‘go along’ and do wrong.
We can deny the standards we hold, and turn away from our inherent morality. Or we could say, “Lord, to you I have committed my cause.” Giving in to pressure might seem easier, but we know better. In the long run, God’s way isn’t only the right way, it is … for us … the only way. And we know it.
©Carol Denn Henn
Carol Dean Henn of St. John’s Windish Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, PA