Archive for March 30th, 2008

Laughter Haiku

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

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We pose carefully

For this family portrait;

Off dashes Baby.

Our goal forgotten;

Surprised by young energy,

Joyous laughter comes.

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The haiku-writing prompt given this week at One Single Impression was LAUGHTER. This old family photo captures LAUGHTER for me, and is my inspiration for this week’s haiku.

The Missionary Psalm

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

PSALM 67: To the chief Musician on Neginoth, a Psalm or Song.

1 God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.

2 That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.

3 Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.

4 O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.

5 Let the people praise the, O God; let all the people praise thee.

6 Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.

7 God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.

This morning our pastor preached to us from Psalm 67, which is known as The Missionary Psalm.

It is true that in the Old Testament times, the oracles of God (the Scriptures) were committed to the Jews (Romans 3:1,2). Yet even in those times, God promised that blessing would spread through all nations, through Abram (who became Abraham), the father of the faithful. (Genesis 12:1-3).

One of the main points our pastor made was that the Church in not to be self-centered. We hear of false teachings that encourage Christians to seek health, wealth and happiness for themselves. The truth of the matter is that we are an undeserving, privileged people who have been called to bless others. As Christians, we are committed to do good to all people. (Galatians 6:10).

To that I would say, “Amen!” May I, as a Christian focus more and more on how I may be a blessing to others. And, may we as Christians reach out in true empathy and concern to others with their spiritual, emotional and physical needs.