SCRIPTURE: Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19
Thanksgiving for Recovery from Illness
1 I love the Lord, because he has heard
my voice and my supplications.
2 Because he inclined his ear to me,
therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
12 What shall I return to the Lord
for all his bounty to me?
13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
and call on the name of the Lord,
14 I will pay my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people.
15 Precious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of his faithful ones.
16 O Lord, I am your servant;
I am your servant, the child of your serving girl.
You have loosed my bonds.
17 I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice
and call on the name of the Lord.
18 I will pay my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people,
19 in the courts of the house of the Lord,
in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord!
Jeff Paschal shares that “The psalmist responds with public thanksgiving to God and with public fulfillment of responsibilities to God offered within the gathered faith community. What a marvelous and challenging vision of the faithful life!”
This passage is one of three for today from the Daily Revised Common Lectionary, but the header struck a chord with me given the ongoing pandemic. The header reads “Thanksgiving for Recovery from Illness” and I immediately thought about what our response will be when this pandemic is over (or at least under control). Will we be thankful? And to whom will we be thankful and how will we express it? In addition to God’s intervention and action in the world, there have been countless people who have sacrificed for the well-being of others. The psalmist gives us a wonderful example of how to thank God through prayers and words. But we will need to have a way (or multiple ways) to say thank you to everyone else who has worked so hard to fight against this pandemic. It would be truly tragic if we failed to show our thanks and just went back to “normal life” after all of their sacrifice and effort.
What thanks to God can you offer today? What commitments can you make with your faith community to live into God’s vision?
Loving and healing God, with the psalmist, we ask, what shall we return to you for all your generosity in our lives? May we always be thankful for the blessings you bestow upon us in our lives, but also willing to bring everything to you in prayer. Amen.