Today’s Scripture Selection: Psalm 1:1-3

In a world filled with superficiality, much is made of “fading” glory.

And, in that world, much is made of physical beauty, or wealth, or power, or any number of other fleeting things.  And much is made of how to maintain such things for as long as possible.

But there is a deeper world some inhabit – a world where spirituality and a relationship with God take priority.

In that world, the words of the Psalmist make perfect sense:

“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.  But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.  He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.  Whatever he does prospers.”

This Scripture speaks powerfully about the person – woman or man – adult or child – who walks with God daily.

And of how such a “child” of God will have a rich, full, unfading life – no matter what his or her particular circumstances may be.

It’s about a rich relationship – full of life – full of nourishment – never ending – never fading.

No “fading glory” here – just moving, as one author put it, “from grace to grace.”

So choose carefully.  Superficiality ultimately leads to nothing.

Loving and meditating on God and God’s Word leads to everything.

Prayer: Lord, may I be like that tree planted by streams of water, forever.  AMEN.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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