Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
Psalm 22 is one of those Psalms that is often difficult to hear and read. It is the Psalm we read and struggle with on Good Friday, that day that is so difficult for us Episcopalians.
The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright, Bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta is an acquaintance of mine. We did our doctorate work together at Sewanee and we both served in the United States Navy, he as a rescue swimmer. I cam to appreciate his writing and insight on scripture during my time in Sewanee. He recently wrote something on Psalm 22 and was so moved I wanted to share it with you.
The bottom and the bounce
Every genuine and grownup relationship with God feels like it hits the bottom sometimes. The bottom of God's care. The bottom of God's ability to help. That was true for the writer of Psalm 22: Where are you God? Why, am I forsaken? I cry, but you do not answer. He felt like a worm, not a human.
Jesus' faith bottomed out, too. Lifted high on a cross, he knew the bottom. But scroll down to the bottom of Psalm 22. Or keep reading beyond Jesus' execution, and you will discover that with God there is a bounce at the bottom.
At the bottom with God there is a trampoline, not concrete! Said another way, "We are cast down but not destroyed." So faith is knowing that the bottom times of life, with God, can bounce us higher in devotion and praise to God.
May your Lenten discipline be for you what God has called for it to be.
See ya Sunday!
Peace & Love,
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