Psalm 62:9–12 9. Lowborn men are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie; if weighted on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath. 10. Do not trust in extortion or take pride in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them. 11. One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard; that you, O God, are strong, 12. and that you, O Lord, are loving. Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done. Reflection by Darlene Wagner
During these times of fear and death, so much of mortal human endeavor appears small. This week, total COVID deaths in the U.S. surpassed 400,000. In the midst of this pandemic, many poor people pass away as but a mere a breath. Meanwhile, the wealthy, with their higher survival rate, are but a lie. No one can hold off mortality forever. Though it is not wrong to pursue the good things of this world, riches are temporary. No worldly accomplishment nor possession can vouchsafe a human facing inevitable death. Our only true, lasting wealth is to know the abundant love of God. For God alone is able to someday wipe these tears from our eyes.
Invocation God of my life look tenderly down; Behold the pain I feel. I trembling fall before thy throne; As my life’s years are few. I’m but a sojourner here below, As all my forbears were. My feeble strength cannot endure And my life’s youth is lost.