Psalm 80: 17-19
But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand, the one whom you made strong for yourself. Then we will never turn back from you; give us life, and we will call on your name.
Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.
Reflection by Duke Yaguchi
When I read this psalm, I read the pleadings of humanity. The psalmist is asking for healing. He is asking for restoration. If healed, his faith will be bolstered and affirmed.
Isn't this a human reaction to suffering? Isn't this a common exchange? If God helps us, we will continue to believe? But what if our prayers go unanswered? Will we turn from God? What if our prayers are answered in an unanticipated way? Or in what we determine is with delay and postponement? What happens to our faith then? Is the deal off? Is our offer retracted?
What if we have opposite thinking? What if we think that God believes in us? What if God has faith in humanity? What if God makes a deal with us? Follow the Creator and the Creator will grant us the riches of heaven. What happens if we turn our backs on God? Does God retract His offer of forgiveness and love?
No. God's love is unending no matter what. That's the good news. The offer is always open for us whether we believe or not. All we need to do is accept God's love.
Dear Lord, as Thanksgiving Day approaches, we give thanks. With this pandemic, this will be a different Thanksgiving. But the central piece of Thanksgiving remains. We give you thanks sweet Lord. We thank you for your love for us. We hope that our work for others on your behalf pleases you. In Jesus name we give thanks. Amen.