O give thanks to the Lord.
For God is good.
And I know that, or I think that, or I hope that,
even when every single thing around me is a mess.
So I say so. Again and again. God is good. God is so very good.
I say it as I wander. (God is good.)
I say it as I wonder. (God is so very good.)
I say it when I am hungry and thirsty and tired and cold. (God, I think, is still good.)
I say it when I am terrified and worried and completely crushed. (I freaking swear God is so good.)
Because I remember. I remember those times when I knew it. When I felt it. When I was convinced. When I was sure. When someone else was sure for me. When I had doubts and was afraid but held on still just in case. When I held on long enough to work through it. (Oh. My God is so good.)
For God makes friendships where once there was loneliness. God turns relationship into hope. God turns community into courage. God turns discernment into knowledge. God turns broken, messed up people into family. God turns outdated, rigid institutions into sanctuaries. And there, God lets the hungry live. God lets the chained dance free. God lets the frightened breathe deeply. And together they grow. (God is good.)
So, yeah, I give thanks to the Lord. Even when I’m not there yet. Even when we’re not there yet. Because I’ve seen glimpses of it. And I know it to be true. Our God is good. Our God is so very good.
Thank you.

AMEN.

Adapted from Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37


The Rev. Erin Counihan serves as pastor at Oak Hill Presbyterian (PCUSA) Church in St. Louis, MO. She is a contributor to the RevGals book and blogs at http://www.somewhatreverend.wordpress.com.


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