Isaiah 26:1-15

            Today demonstrates and illustrates why I often make a big deal about following a more liturgical way of life through observing the Church Calendar or Christian Year.  How we live our lives through the time we have been given is not a neutral thing; it matters to God.  In my typical procrastinating manner, I just finished writing checks to the U.S. Treasury and the State of Wisconsin on this secular anti-holiday we have dubbed “Tax Day.”
            The Old Testament lectionary reading for today reminds me who is in charge, who I can really trust, and who is my true source of peace.  “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.  Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.”  Keeping secular time usually stresses me out.  But remembering God by journeying with the life and work of Jesus through the Christian Year does not apply pressure to me; it unburdens me by re-orienting my sense of time, commitment, and responsibility back to where it ought to be: in Christ.
            I may not be rich.  Uncle Sam might squeeze more out of me than I like.  But I believe I am wealthy in a right, good, and important way.  I’ve been ordained to know and experience peace solely because of God’s love in Christ.  Tonight my head will rest with peace on my pillow, not because of a full bank account, but because I am united with Jesus in his death and resurrection.
            God of peace, you make level the path of your righteous people.  No matter what the circumstances might be, manifest your presence in me to such a degree that I will walk with Jesus with freedom and enjoyment through the enablement of your Spirit.  Amen.

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