Scriptures for today
- Psalm 51
- Jonah 3:1-10
- Romans 1:1-7
Psalm 51 is known as a psalm of David. It is written by a repentant David who is seeking personal cleansing after Nathan the prophet had challenged him, because he had committed adultery with Bathsheba.
The psalm begins with this verse “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions”. I take solace in the text “unfailing love” to know that no matter how many times I slip and fall in my life journey, I can count on Gods unfailing love and guidance. God is with me at all times, in times of trouble and in times of joy. In some ways Knox has that sense of unfailing love. I’ve had struggles in my life and I’ve found friendship and love, true comfort and compassion in this place. Knox feels like family and I’m thankful.
Another verse that strikes a chord with me is “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me”. Lent is my time for personal reflection, a time to recharge, and a time to move forward. I’m able to feed my inner spirit, and I am able to feel refreshed as I move into the season of spring, a season of growth, both healed and renewed.
Easter brings the joy of rebirth, and is so important in my spiritual and life journey. In some ways I find it a more powerful and uplifting time than the Christmas season. Death brings life, and I can visually see the signs of spring as plants begin to show signs of growth.
Music is a big part of my faith journey, and the diversity of music between Good Friday and Easter Sunday is like an awakening. From sorrow comes joy, from death comes life. This musical journey is like an awakening, and cleansing of my soul and the renewal of my steadfast spirit. ♥
By Tim Bell