From Rev Sue Ann Yarbrough
I pray this email finds you, your families, and your communities healthy and in good spirits. Blessings as we move into the first day of summer. Let us pray that this drought will let up soon. Let us pray for farmers and all of those who tend to the land and harvest our food. I am also praying that your communities are beginning to open up for worship services and other activities. Do let me know!
Also, please keep in mind that I offer a weekly Christian Meditation session via Zoom every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Drop me a note if you would like the link. I share a reading; we then sit in communal silence for 25 minutes, and then have a short discussion afterwards. We generally finish in under an hour. Our intention is to make room in our hearts and minds for Christ. Christ is always present, but sometimes our mental and/or emotional distractions keep us from the peace that Jesus offers.
Psalm 145 is a Psalm of praise, attributed to David whose reign flourished in 1000 BCE. I often forget how ancient the Psalms are. I have recently learned that the name David can be translated as Beloved One. That means that we could all address one another as David, but then, that would quickly get confusing. Still, I love the idea of everyone going about their day, addressing all they meet as the Beloved One. We can, at least, do that in our hearts.
I am ordained United Church of Christ, and we do not hear much royalty language in our current liturgy. Some of this is probably because we are deeply rooted in the Congregationalists who fled to this country to flee the reign of English royalty. However, if King David did write this Psalm (or someone in his court), he is expressing humility as he refers to God as the true king., the One that he serves. The One to whom all creation must bow. Hopefully, not out of fear, but because God is so completely beyond our comprehension.