Working, walking, wondering
Psalm 70 (NRSV)
1 Be pleased, O God, to deliver me.
O Lord, make haste to help me!
2 Let those be put to shame and confusion
who seek my life.
Let those be turned back and brought to dishonor
who desire to hurt me.
3 Let those who say, “Aha, Aha!”
turn back because of their shame.
4 Let all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you.
Let those who love your salvation
say evermore, “God is great!”
5 But I am poor and needy;
hasten to me, O God!
You are my help and my deliverer;
O Lord, do not delay!
Working as a Chaplain in the Royal Navy has been both brilliant and yet at times very challenging. I have to confess that the times of greatest challenge have not been going to war or even being separated from loved ones. For me, the biggest challenge has been working beyond church walls with people who have not supported or been on side towards chaplaincy, the faith and the church. Chaplaincy is really at its heart a peregrinatio as the ancient Celtic monks described it. Walking about and meeting people where they are for God.
When you are misunderstood or misrepresented it is tempting to cry out like the psalmist and plead for help. This of course is not a very glorious response, but it is human. Scripture allows it to be ok.
Bless us Father, Son and Holy Spirit.