Read Psalm 84


How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!

My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the LORD;

            my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.


Even the sparrow finds a home,

            and the swallow a nest for herself,

            where she may lay her young,

                        at your altars, O LORD of hosts,

                        my King and my God.


Happy are those who live in your house,

            ever singing your praise. Selah

Happy are those whose strength is in you,

            n whose heart are the highways to Zion.

As they go through the valley of Baca they make it a place of springs;

            he early rain also covers it with pools.

They go from strength to strength;

            he God of gods will be seen in Zion.


O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer;

            give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah

Behold our shield, O God;

            look on the face of your anointed.

For a day in your courts

             is better than a thousand elsewhere.

I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God

             than live in the tents of wickedness.


For the LORD God is a sun and shield;

            he bestows favor and honor.

No good thing does the LORD withhold

            from those who walk uprightly.


O LORD of hosts,

             happy is everyone who trusts in you.



from Rev. Dawna Watkins – Bluefield, WV


            When traveling to new places, I like to have a map. This goes for trying new things like recipes, craft project, or home improvements. When I started thinking about marriage, I sat down and penned this to the one who would later be my husband:


                 We started life in caring, nurturing families.

            Then one day we set out to understand our place in life.

                 We discovered many people and things through

            pain and confusion and separation from family.

                 A year ago today we discovered that together

            we make continuing to explore on your own less lonely.


                 We started a new journey together.

            We discovered love and nurturing of family with each other.

                 Our journey continues as we find our way

            loving and nurturing each other as family.

                 One day our children will explore their place

            and discover it in their own families.

            If we could take a look at each day as spending “one Day in God’s (family) house” maybe we won’t get so lost along our journey.


Call us toward your self, O God.  Knowing that you are our home,

we can take another step today.