My brother, God bless him, asked me to read this Psalm yesterday for our Thanksgiving gathering. I ended up not reading it because the situation was confusing for me – and I’m sure for all of us there gathered.
We had Thanksgiving last year together, but without my brother who was living under a railroad trestle at the time.
Not to speak poorly of my brother in the least – we all have our challenges in life. His challenges have led him to some difficult times, which have been difficult for all of us. Still, we all soldier on. And I’m sure to him I’m the irritating Priest always exhorting him to prayer and conversion further and further to Jesus Christ.
Yesterday on the phone he said that he would like to pray Psalm 100 before the meal, as one of his friends had recommended it. I was happy to oblige and grateful he brought it up. He was in a bit of a manic phase, and I was not, so I ended up getting frazzled. Then, being in my niece’s house, in a new situation with her not there, my sister in law, grand niece, and the rest of the close family there – was new and emotional
So when we sat down to dinner everything happened suddenly. Everyone was starting to eat while others were serving themselves and my brother was sleeping on a living room chair. I said the blessing quietly and joined in the Feast.
In retrospect, I should have been the prayer leader that I’m trained and experienced to be. But I didn’t, given over to introspection and discerning the dynamics at play, as I’m wont to do. Big fail.
Before I knew it, the moments had passed.
But now I know. Take the lead.
Psalm 100, (# 99from the Knox version, according to the Greek numbering.)
Let the whole earth keep holiday in God’s honor; pay to the Lord the homage of your rejoicing, appear in his presence with glad hearts. Learn that it is the Lord, no other, who is God; his we are, he it was that made us; we are his own people, sheep of his own pasturing. Pass through these gates, enter these courts of his, with hymns of praise, give him thanks, and bless his name. Gracious is the Lord, everlasting his mercy; age after age, he is faithful to his promise still.
Psalm #100, from the King James Version.
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting, and his truth endureth to all generations.