Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners treat or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night.
What is this “law of the Lord” that we are supposed to think about all the time? Is it a law like a traffic law that we must obey? Is it a rule, with $250 tickets if we miss a day? Do we go to God’s jail, automatically, if we skip out entirely?
The fact of the matter is that God’s “law” isn’t the usual kind of law, clear, with set out penalties. Think of God’s law more as if it were (as it is) the wisdom which shows us how to form our lives as fulfilling, community-building, rewarding, useful, filled with love.
God’s “law”, God’s guidance, says to us, choose that which is best for your church, even when it’s difficult for you. It helps us choose what is best for our community, even when it means we don’t meet for a while, to keep our world safer than it would be otherwise.
In our separation, let us none the less be happy, because – even though we are missing being in worship or coming to Wednesday breakfast or staying home to be safe – we are doing what is needful in this stressful time.
Here’s a link to beautiful piece of music, played by Yo Yo Ma, the celebrated cellist. Take a moment to end this meditation by listening to it – and keep it on hand when life feels stress-filled in the days to come, so you can listen to the peace over and over.
With deepest blessings,