By the Reverend Dr. Warren Crews
Our Psalm is an anguished prayer. The psalmist is wrestling with God to vindicate himself against his enemies. It is deeply personal! It reminds us that even God’s faithful people must deal with adversity. Don’t we deserve God’s help? But, in the end, the psalmist prays that what he wants most of all is the satisfaction of experiencing God face to face.
By the Reverend Sally Weaver
In the reading from the Gospel of Matthew that we just heard, Jesus talks about the kingdom of heaven to the crowds listening to him. So what is the kingdom of heaven?
The phrase “kingdom of heaven” is like a code that Jesus uses: it means something special. We have codes today. For example, when you text a friend LOL, what do you mean? Right, laugh out loud. Well, when Jesus said “kingdom of heaven,” he meant a world where people allow God to be in charge.
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