“How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.” – Psalm 36:7-9
We get this week in these words images of baptism, of drinking, of water being the fountain of life. We are preparing this Sunday to hear words about life, about water, about light, about dancing, and about partying. Partying, or celebration, means nothing without having known the opposite. Rejoicing doesn’t mean one iota unless we know sorrow, sadness, darkness.
The people of Flint know darkness, sadness, and what it is not to have clean water to drink. Some people in our own community know what it is not to have heat, or power, or money to buy food, or shelter, or clothing. Some of us reading this might know disappointment, hurt, heartache, pain, marriage or relationship trouble, or just the feeling of being alone and isolated.
Wherever we find ourselves, trust int he words of Psalm 36. Hide in the wings of God’s refuge; feast on the abundance of God’s house who gives drink from the river of delight. “For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.” Shine your light, O God, upon us and our world; help us to trust it and help the darkness no longer be our night.
Here are the words of a Taizé song that often becomes a prayer for me: “Lord Jesus Christ, your light shines within us. Let not my doubts nor my darkness speak to me. Lord Jesus Christ, your light shines within us. Let my heart always welcome your love.”