Today’s Scripture Selection: Psalm 42:5

“Why are you downcast, O my soul?”

I think of myself as a pretty positive person.  One child in my congregation, in giving me a wonderful, hand written letter of appreciation for me as his pastor even said so.  He said, “He’s always smiles.”  I like that.

But it’s not exactly true.

I can be depressed, disturbed, and what the scripture calls “downcast” in my soul.  I have come to learn, now in mid-life, that is just part of the human condition.

But so is the joy and hope we find in relationship with God through Christ.

The Psalmist says it so well,

“Why are you downcast, O my soul?  Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”

That says it all – doesn’t it?

Being downcast and discouraged at times is inevitable.  The only ones I know who never, ever feel that way don’t have a very firm grip on reality.

But finding hope and healing and guidance and a multitude of reasons to praise our Savior and our God is also very real and very possible.

So, downcast or joyful for the moment – put your hope in God.

It’s what life is all about.

Prayer: Thank you Lord, for your ever present Spirit which lifts me up.  AMEN.

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