Pentecost 16, Friday, Year B

Inspired by Psalm 116:1-9

“I walk before the LORD in the land of the living.” Psalm 116:9 (NRSV)

Too often our Christian walk is concerned with securing our entrance into heaven when we die. The things and the people of the world are neglected, or at best only considered in terms of how our interaction with them will further increase our treasures in heaven. The value of this life is diminished, and treated as nothing more than a staging area where we prepare for the life to come.

Yet God gave us this life as a gift. We are blessed to live in God’s good creation, surrounded by his handiwork and in the company of his people, all of whom were created in his own image. And the Lord himself walks with us in this life, working through his people. We don’t need to wait until our death to see the Lord our God—he is here now! His kingdom is at hand, and we are heirs with Christ by grace.

There is glory in the life to come, but let that not outshine the glory of God’s sustaining presence in the midst of our mundane lives. He is not waiting for us in some far off place, but walks with us each day, sustaining and empowering us for the demands of this life.

Let us pray. Living God, your kingdom has no end and even encompasses our current existence. Open our eyes to your presence with us, that we may recognize the glorious gifts we have in this life. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.