Psalm 53

Fools say in their hearts, ‘There is no God.’
   They are corrupt, they commit abominable acts;
   there is no one who does good.

God looks down from heaven on humankind
   to see if there are any who are wise,
   who seek after God.

They have all fallen away, they are all alike perverse;
   there is no one who does good,
   no, not one.

Have they no knowledge, those evildoers,
   who eat up my people as they eat bread,
   and do not call upon God?

There they shall be in great terror,
   in terror such as has not been.
For God will scatter the bones of the ungodly;
   they will be put to shame, for God has rejected them.

O that deliverance for Israel would come from Zion!
   When God restores the fortunes of his people,
   Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad.

During times of great heartache and opposition it is easy to say “There is no God.” For it is often easier to turn away, back down and play dumb to one’s surroundings than it is to stand up for what we believe to be true. This was true in the case of King David’s time and is certainly true in today’s world.

During the next few months the call for LGBTQ justice will be reiterated leading up to and during our United Methodist General Conference.

During these times, keeping our faith and keeping our hearts open to all, including those whose hearts are not open, will be hard, but luckily we have God! So, as we grow closer to General Conference, let us not be devoured or turned away, but let us be dauntless. Let us take shelter in our God. Let us surround ourselves in God’s love. Let us always remember that God created each of us exactly as we are.

So Lord, as we go through our day to day life and in the months leading up to General Conference, give us the strength and love to say you are ever present. Even when it would be much easier to turn away or to proclaim that you are gone. Give us the strength to rejoice in your name and to be glad in your presence. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Oakley Neel

Oakley is a 16 year old Bishop Kelley High School sophomore in Tulsa, Oklahoma where they enjoy theatre, art, and working with those with special needs at their church. One day they hope to be a pastor and missionary in The United Methodist church.

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