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Lectionary Reflection

Year A, Advent 4 Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary Psalm

Psalm 24: 1-2 (Standard Lectionary)

The earth is the LORD'S and all that is in it, *
the world and all who dwell therein.
For it is he who founded it upon the seas *
and made it firm upon the rivers of the deep.

Reflection on Psalm 24: 1-2 by the Rev. Dcn Helen Hanten

The Glory and the strength of God is found where the land has water in the wilderness, streams in the desert. The burning sand becomes a pool. How very precious water becomes when it is in short supply! With water enough the people find joy and gladness. It this passage it is a metaphor for God's grace. Can we learn to value the clean water which is so abundant in Minnesota and protect it from degradation with as much resolve as those who live in arid countries and only dream of such a blessing?

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The Rev Helen Hanten was a deacon at and an active member of St. Andrew's by the Lake Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN, when she originally wrote this reflection in 1998. Helen and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to The Rev Helen Hanten or any MEESC member, or mail them to:

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