Annie Reilly is a former summer staff member and camp volunteer. Annie is currently serving as an ordained minister at State Street Presbyterian Church in Schenectady, New York.
In this short selection from Psalm 107, we are admonished to give thanks to the Lord. The NIV translation is ambiguous, though; are we giving thanks because the Lord is good, or are we giving thanks because the Lord has redeemed us from the hand of the foe and gathered us from the lands? The simple answer is: yes.
We give thanks to the Lord just for being good. So many blessings are poured out upon us, simply because we worship a benevolent God. This blue and green ball known as Earth keeps spinning. The sun rises. The seasons ebb and flow. Our existence is generally blessed because God is who God is.
We give thanks to the Lord for redeeming us from our specific foes. The Lord is attentive to our individual needs and blesses us accordingly. We are not just anonymous humans lost in a sea of creation, but God’s children gathered in and known, down to the very hair on our heads.
Prayer: O Lord, I am ever grateful for all the ways, big and small, general and specific, in which you bless me. Help me to see your blessings and turn to praise your name. Amen.
The 2015 Lenten reflections were submitted by staff, volunteers, board members, campers, and friends who have spent time at Camp Fowler in New York.
For this year’s Lent devotions, the days follow the Common Lectionary texts. Each author was invited to: 1.Read the passage.
2.Read a couple passages before and after the assigned day.
3.Do something else for the day, keeping the passage in mind.
4.Find a word/phrase/concept that connects with your own experience. Reflect on that.
You are encouraged to do the same.