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THURSDAY, September 15 [CATHERINE OF GENOA, Mystic and Nurse, 1510]
Psalm 71:3 Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe; you are my crag and my stronghold.
I have been attending Morning Prayer at my church over Zoom. It has been a wonderful addition to my morning routine, and our community has become a powerful source of encouragement and love. I love being able to really follow the lectionary and hear it read aloud every morning by one of my brothers or sisters in faith.
Sometimes I write down passages from the day’s readings and incorporate them into my prayers when the time comes for our intercessions. This passage struck me recently during Morning Prayer. What a powerful metaphor it is for the rock-solid strength of God. Imagine enormous rocks, firmly fixed into the ground. I like this image of strength. It’s so vivid!
I also like that this psalm is both a metaphor and a request. I believe God is our strong rock, and I have asked God to be a strong rock and a castle to keep me safe. Thanks be to God for both.
MOVING FORWARD: Do you need the strength of God to wrap around you? Pray the words of Psalm 71 throughout your day.