August 25, 2019
The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
“Bless the Lord, My Soul”

 

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits.”(Psalm 103:1-2)

 

An old Jewish story …. A student once asked his teacher, “How is it possible to bless God with the same amount of enthusiasm in the midst of good times and bad times?”  The teacher replied, “Go and ask that question to my brother who is working in the library.

 

When the student arrived in the library, he saw an older man, a man who moved slow and appeared broken and bent, a man he could easily discern had known suffering and poverty.  He approached the man asked him, “How is it possible to bless God with the same amount of enthusiasm in the midst of good times and bad times?”  The old man looked up with a puzzled look on his face and answered, “But why are you asking me? How would I know the answer? Nothing bad has ever happened to me!”

 

It is interesting to note that the Hebrew word for “bless” is related to the Hebrew word for “knee.”  This week’s psalm invites us to kneel before God and offer a blessing, to humbly acknowledge that we are not the center of the universe, to step away from making life all about ourselves, and to see and experience the good that is all around us even in the midst of hard times. To “bless the Lord” is to live fully in the moment, thankfully and abundantly, in the grace and love of God. Amen.

 

 

“Bless the Lord, My Soul”

      1. Bless The Lord My Soul - Greg Ronning

 

Bless the Lord my soul
Bless the Lord my soul
Let all that is within me
Bless God’s holy name

 

As it was in the beginning
Now forever more
Bless the Lord my soul

 

 

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