Memorial of Padre Pio
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, we pray with Psalm 149, a call to praise God in festive celebration because God will enjoy that!
Praying with that thought today, I ask myself:
Is my God a happy God?
Our psalm says “Yes!” – a Lover of song, joy, praise, dance, timbrel and harp!
Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing the praises of God in the company of the faithful.
Let Israel rejoice in their maker;
let the children of Zion be joyful in their sovereign.
Let them praise the name of the Lord in the dance;
let them sing praise to God with timbrel and harp.
For the Lord takes pleasure in this people.
Only a happy God could have imagined the beautiful gift of Creation we have been given. Stop today to listen, watch, and feel that happiness in sun, rain, wood scent, birdsong, cat purr, baby breath, child play, elder eyes, or the thousand other ways God will try to touch your soul today.
( Praying for the safety of all our friends in Australia with the earthquakes and for people of the Canary Islands.❤️🙏)
Poetry: The Creation of Birds – Renee Yann, RSM
O, the wonderful mood that seized You, God, as you created birds; you dancing there, twirling in light, flinging your crystal arms to infinite music, flicking your hands like magic fountains, feathers and colors splashing out from your fingertips, chattering, rainbowed profusions of your Boundless Life. Your inexhaustible, joy-filled soul laughing out the soaring beings into the still universe, peals of you infusing them each to their measure with notes of your inner song. O, I see your Holy Eyes flash color to them as they fly, strobing their feathers with shards of your prismed white light. This morning, seeing only one, free and jubilant in a thin sycamore, I consume it as part of your Delightful Essence, this day’s communion with you, grey and orange wafer filling me with mysteries of the primal dance from which we both were born.
Music: You Delight in Me – Life Center Worship