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Monday, April 6

Psalm 119:73-80 (NRSV)
Your hands have made and fashioned me;
  give me understanding that I may learn your commandments
Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice,
  because I have hoped in your word.
I know, O Lord, that your judgments are right,
  and that in faithfulness you have humbled me.
Let your mercy come to me, that I may live;
  for your law is my delight;
Let the arrogant be put to shame,
  because they have subverted me with guile;
  as for me, I will meditate on your precepts.
Let those who fear you turn to me,
  so that they may know your decrees
May my heart be blameless in your statutes,
  so that I may not be put to shame.


“Your hands have made and fashioned me.” Think about that. YOUR HANDS, FASHIONED ME. I am working on finding meaning in scripture and maybe one line at a time! We are not all the same in any way. We each have our own opinions, wants, needs, emotions, and ideas on how we want to live our lives. I love this passage because I’ve realized that when I am angry, frustrated or upset with someone, I need to remind myself that this person is a creation of God.

Attending church on Sunday mornings is like taking a deep breath, resting and talking to God. It prepares me for the week ahead in a world of such turmoil, but I realized I could start every day in this peace. Stop and listen. Before you engage in your first text, email, or tweet of the day, close your eyes, take a deep breath and speak to Jesus. He is listening, not only in worship on Sunday but every day, every minute. You are not alone.


God our Father, please help me to be my best self today, to follow your commandments and know that I am always comforted in your love. Amen.

Karen Flagg