The Psalm for this week focuses on God’s care for those on the margins of creation. Our world is one that knows the strife and struggle of poverty well, though many of us cannot even understand what it truly means to be impoverished.
As we hear of God reaching out to those in desperate need, let us look within ourselves and find how we might serve this world and its people.
Father of orphans and protector of widows
is God in his holy habitation.
God gives the desolate a home to live in;
he leads out the prisoners to prosperity,
but the rebellious live in a parched land.
Comforting God, Mother and Father of us all, guide us to be living vessels of your love. Work in and through us to reach to the margins, to reach beyond boundaries to those who are in need.
There are many in this world who have lost much: orphans, widows and widowers, parents whose children have been taken from them. Be with those who feel abandoned and alone. Reach out your arms. Give them the refuge of your embrace.
Empower each of us to recognize the abundance that we have been gifted with, and to share of that bounty with all those for whom blessings are few and far between. Remind us that we are only made whole through support of and service to one another. AMEN