Psalm 126

via Daily Prompt: Vanish

Psalm 126

When YHVH turns back the captivity of Tsiyon, We shall be like dreamers.

Then our mouth shall be filled with laughter, And our tongue with singing, Then shall they say among the gentiles, “YHVH has done great deeds for them.”

YHVH shall do great deeds for us, We shall be glad.

Turn back our captivity, O YHVH, Like the streams in the South.

Those sowing in tears, shall reap with songs of joy.

He who goes on and weeps, Bearing seed for sowing, Shall indeed come in with rejoicing, Bearing his sheaves.

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This has always been one of my favourite Psalms. It contains so much hope, so much joy, so much promise. There are days when the weight of the world is heavy on my shoulders, and then, if I can just remember this Psalm… The weight disappears. My fears vanish. Hope returns. I remember that now is temporary… like mist before the sun, it will disappear.  I remember that I do not have to struggle alone. I remember that  YHVH never sleeps or slumbers… and that He is always with me, whether I am aware of it or not.

And then I smile. 🙂

I become like the dreamers in the Psalm, with my mouth filled with laughter, and my tongue with joyful shouting!

And then I pray for YHVH to turn back our captivity, for we have certainly sowed in tears, but we look forward to reaping with songs of joy!

It’s Cultural

via Daily Prompt: Culture

“I’m creating a culture!” I half-yelled after the curious onlooker, who sped up none to slightly at my affront.

“I’m creating a culture,” I repeated under my breath, more for my own sake than for anyone else’s.

Culture is a funny thing. We half expect it to have something to do with ancient civilisations and weird and wonderful traditions that we really have no interest in anymore. But culture is created daily. Culture is what shapes us into the people we are, and what we teach our kids as they grow up. Culture develops from tradition, and tradition develops from habit, and we all know that habits can be established (or for that matter, broken).

By that reasoning, if I can develop good habits, then I can establish good traditions, which can lead to a good culture. I realise that when we speak of culture, we think large-scale. Whole continents, or nations or cities, and yes, culture does shape those; but every single culture started with an individual. I am an individual. You are an individual. Every nation is made up of individuals. So why can’t a culture be changed by individuals?

Our world is desperately in need of a culture shift. Hatred and anger and self-love have become the culture of the human race. This is not limited to a single continent or nation or city, it is universal.

The human race may be broken, but we are not lost. As long as there are individuals who are willing to step out of the cultural norm and start creating a new culture, there is hope. We can change. We WILL change. We can learn to love and to forgive and to think of others before ourselves.

I for one, am willing to try. Are you?

Create your culture – you never know what impact you can have!

Life Happens

via Daily Prompt: Vigor

So often we allow life to simply happen to us.

Wake up, get dressed, go to work… come home, feed the family, put the kids to bed and eventually put yourself to bed. These things are necessary. They are expected. But often we let them happen without being present. By allowing this, we are robbing ourselves of so much beauty, and so much richness.

Sometimes I remember to not let life just happen. Sometimes I am what happens to life. Those are good times. Those are times when I really see the wonder and the beauty in the smallest little detail. Those are times when I am thankful.

I have so much to be thankful for. My life and my heart are full. I love and I am loved in return. Truly I can say “my cup runneth over”. I am smiling as I write this, because as of this moment, today is no longer happening to me: I am happening to today. I am alive and I will tackle the rest of this day with vigour and purpose.

Yes, I will still do the necessary. I will finish work, and I will go home and feed the family, and I will put the baby to bed… But I will be present for the moments. I will be purposeful in my doings, and I will be a better person for it.

Today, I hope that you will be what happens to your day!

 

Summer

via Daily Prompt: Pungent

Summer is upon us. I can feel it in the quiet oppression of the once cool morning air. I can smell it in the dying of the spring blossoms – so fragrant just a few short weeks ago, now pungent in their decay. Their death is the final cue for spring to flee and leave us in the wilting, silent heat.

And yet I find comfort in the predictability of it all.  Summer comes, year after year, followed by autumn, winter, and spring. I cannot change it, I cannot prevent it.  I can only feel it.  It is life, and it feels good.