Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of March 29, 2009
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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God's blessing cup
"You prepare a table before me in the presence of
my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup
Psalm 23 is the most beloved psalm. It never
ceases to amaze me in hospitals and hospices,
to feel these powerful and comforting words as
someone is dying. Even those who have never
attended a religious institution of any kind
seem to know the words. But Psalm 23 is also
for the living! Psalm 23 is for all the days
of our lives, the good, the bad, the beautiful,
and the difficult. Psalm 23 is a great confession
of faith when we wonder where God is.
I will always remember preaching a sermon based
on Psalm 23 the Sunday after the 1999 massacre
at Columbine High School. Two students had shot,
killed, and maimed a number of their classmates
without warning earlier that week. That Sunday,
people needed to hear these words and be reminded
of God's blessing cup during moments of danger,
fear, and despair. During the worship service,
I passed a blessing cup with oil for personal
anointing during the sermon. People dipped
their fingers into the cup, and touched their
hearts and foreheads with the sign of the cross.
Parents even anointed their little children.
We are invited to the Shepherd's table to live
as beloved and anointed people. We are offered
God's blessing cup of healing oil. The cup
offers us simple abundance, goodness, and mercy
all the days of our lives. God is actually
eager to provide for us and lavish us with
spiritual hospitality and generosity. God
delights to provide for us when we are
surrounded by those who wish us harm. Even
in impending danger, our Shepherd Host spreads
out a table for us. Our anointing oil is
refreshing, soothing, and harmonizing with
the gracious host hospitality of ancient times.
We are welcomed into the home of God. The cup
is a blessing offered to everyone.
One of the most empowering things we can do in
our life is to claim our blessing and bless others.
Will you allow yourself a moment for God's blessing
today? Have you ever considered anointing yourself
while using a blessing cup? It is easy to do and
can become a cherished family tradition. If you
have never been blessed by your family, blessing
yourself may begin deep spiritual healing. You
are God's blessing to the world. You are of high
value. Your life is important. God yearns to
bless you, even if your families were unable to
God, give me your blessing. Help me live as your
anointed one. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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