The Daily Devotion and a Favorite Pslam

NICHOLSON NOTE:   I try to be discriminating in my sharing of religious meditations and this one demanded sharing.  Not only does the Reverend Jim  talk about experiencing God in the present moment he also quotes from my favorite psalm, number 62:   “For God alone my soul in silence waits will probably be carved on my tombstone.  Read and enjoy:

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Encountering God
Daily Devotional • June 7
By the Rev. Jim Boston

Yesterday I wrote of faith, which ought to be followed with words about love. The philosopher who wrote Ecclesiastes urged his readers to do whatever they did as well as possible. We should claim and enjoy present pleasures and blessings now, because they will all pass away.

In his famous book, The Sacrament of the Present Moment, Jean-Pierre de Caussade taught that the present was a point of encounter with God. In the here and now we can, if we will, note that God loves us. In the here and now we can remember that we are invited to love our neighbors, and to love the world in which we are set, in which God is revealed.

Sometimes we encounter God’s love in the midst of sorrow and pain. Sometimes in the midst of beauty and joy. Those “present moments” can be windows into the heart of God, into that which will never pass away.

“For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall never be shaken” (Ps. 62:1-2).

Ecclesiastes 8:14-9:10

There is a vanity that takes place on earth, that there are righteous people who are treated according to the conduct of the wicked, and there are wicked people who are treated according to the conduct of the righteous. I said that this also is vanity. 15So I commend enjoyment, for there is nothing better for people under the sun than to eat, and drink, and enjoy themselves, for this will go with them in their toil through the days of life that God gives them under the sun. 16When I applied my mind to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done on earth, how one’s eyes see sleep neither day nor night, 17then I saw all the work of God, that no one can find out what is happening under the sun. However much they may toil in seeking, they will not find it out; even though those who are wise claim to know, they cannot find it out.

9:1All this I laid to heart, examining it all, how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are in the hand of God; whether it is love or hate one does not know. Everything that confronts them 2is vanity, since the same fate comes to all, to the righteous and the wicked, to the good and the evil, to the clean and the unclean, to those who sacrifice and those who do not sacrifice. As are the good, so are the sinners; those who swear are like those who shun an oath. 3This is an evil in all that happens under the sun, that the same fate comes to everyone. Moreover, the hearts of all are full of evil; madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead.

4But whoever is joined with all the living has hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion. 5The living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no more reward, and even the memory of them is lost. 6Their love and their hate and their envy have already perished; never again will they have any share in all that happens under the sun. 7Go, eat your bread with enjoyment, and drink your wine with a merry heart; for God has long ago approved what you do. 8Let your garments always be white; do not let oil be lacking on your head. 9Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that are given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun. 10Whatever your hand finds to do, do with your might; for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.

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