Read Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the hills– from where will my help come?

                 My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.

He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade at your right hand.

The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.

The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.

The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in

                from this time on and forevermore.


From Rev. Jayne L. Chafin, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Ravenswood

                For years I have used this Psalm in memorial services and funerals as words of comfort and hope.  Living in West Virginia, this beautiful part of God’s creation, I have found new strength and new comfort in them.

Watching the changing seasons in the hills that surround us is at once comforting, hopeful, and awe-inspiring.  The power and the beauty of the colors:  the many shades of green in the summer, the range of hues in the fall, even the blanket of white in the winter, all call my eyes to automatically look up, and see the beauty and power of God in my life.

Now spring is approaching.  The crocuses are blooming in my front yard.  I look forward to seeing the dogwood blooming on the hills once again.   How great is our God who sets such beauty all around us.  In this time of rebirth, as we move along on our journey this Lent, let us step outside, step back, and look.  Look to the hills, look to our God who neither slumbers nor sleeps, see God’s mighty works, and seek the reawakening of God’s spirit in our lives.


As spring breaks forth in our world, O God, break forth within my heart,

so that I may see you in your majesty and rejoice in your presence.