27. These all look to you to give them their food at the proper time.
28. When you give it to them, they gather it up; When you open your hand,
they are satisfied with good things.
29. When you hide your face, they are terrified; When you take away their breath,
they die and return to the dust.
30. When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the earth.
Reflection by Darlene Wagner
This Psalm offers comfort midst the ominous fear of death. Animals are seen relying upon their creator for sustenance. Yet, animals are also seen expiring and returning to dust. Animal death here foreshadows the same fate which awaits all human beings. Humans are aware of their own mortality while animals are not (as far as we know). Thus, it is humans, rather than animals, who are terrified of their God hiding his face. In midst of such fear, verse 30 offers hope of renewal, perhaps even creation of new life from the dust of death. As my own Transgender community endures the threat of death each day, I pray that we find our hope and safety in the God who loves us (regardless of judgmental, rejecting church traditions).
We lift up our hearts and hopes to you Great Holy One!
In spite of loss and sorrows, to you we offer thanks.
For you create all living things in beauty;
Your plan moves beyond the simple, male-and-female binary.
As such, your trans and gender-nonconforming children reveal your power.
All praise to you Creator! Amen.