Saturday, August 5, 2006

Praise for God's Loving Compassion

It is a beautiful morning here along the Western foothills of the Wasatch Front. As I contemplate all that needs to be done today, especially in our yard, I first, along with St. Paul, "affirm that . . . the Gentile peoples are to praise God because of his mercy" (Rom 15,8-9). God's mercy is Jesus Christ, through whom, Paul writes elsewhere in Romans, we are grafted into God's Holy People.

Psalm 117, the shortest Psalm of them all, from Lauds this morning, is how this Gentile chooses to praise God this day:

1 Praise the LORD, all you nations! Give glory, all you peoples!
2 The LORD'S love for us is strong; the LORD is faithful forever. Hallelujah!

Write this prayer on your heart today and recite as you go about your activities, especially your chores. In this way you'll heed St. Paul's exhortation to "Pray without ceasing". Utter a prayer or two for the peace of Israel and throughout the world. God offers us His peace, Jesus Christ.

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