5th Sunday after Pentecost

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

for Sunday, July 17, 2011

lectionary focus: Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24

Now most everybody has played or understands the game of Hide and Seek. In Hide and Seek, everybody goes and hides and one person who is IT looks for the people. When a hider is found, they are out and the person who is IT wins.

Well our Youth Group, who returned yesterday from a week of fellowship and joy at the Montreat Youth Conference, like to play a different kind of hide and seek. They play a game called Sardines. In Sardines, one person goes and hides. Then all the other people go to search and find that one person. As the searchers find the hider, the IT, they then join the IT and hide with them. Everyone keeps hiding with that first person until everyone has found that hiding spot and is hiding together. This game is fun because it lasts for a long time; and once you find the hider, you have to keep quiet while you hide with them; and as the group of people hiding gets larger you feel all  giggly and crammed in together like a bunch of sardines! It is fun to search finding our friends in an unexpected place and then hiding with them.

In our Bible story today, the poet sings a psalm about how impossible it is to hide from God. God knows us so well. He is with us as we walk; He is with us as we rest; He is with us as we speak. He is in front of us; He is behind us; He is beside us. He is with us in the sunshine at the beach; He is with us in the darkness of night.

Sometimes life can feel like a game of hide and seek. We can feel alone in the dark. But do not forget, God is there. Crammed in with you, with each of us, with all of us, like a bunch of sardines. It sure gives me a giggly feeling when I remember there are no unexpected places with God. It is no surprise, God is with each of us always.

Will you pray with me?

Dear Lord
Thank You for being with us.
Help me to remember
that You are with me always.
Amen

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