“Bless the Lord, O my soul…” (I choose light)

Okay, so I have nothing too elaborate this morning. It’s spring-forward day so I’m an hour shy on sleep, plus it’s also WFPC’s first “in-person” worship service at 9:00 – which I’m excited about but will have cost me another hour of sleep! (“virtual”, as usual, is 10:00).

In consequence I have no time to write anything except, “Happy Sunday”, and shoot a brief word of encouragement your way.

With the help of Max, of course.

So here goes. This is just a sample and I recommend reading the entire psalm:

Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies…

Psalm 103

Our choice:

Because we always have this choice, we are always just a heartbeat away from either love or fear, hope or despair, promise or disappointment, faith or unbelief, victory or defeat…

And how we land is mostly governed by our lean – our tilt – in the direction (the acceptance, the nod) to either light or darkness.

I choose light. I may still be in a lot of pain from this oral surgery (now postponed until Wednesday), but I say, “Bless the Lord, O my soul…”

– Derek Maul

I may be frustrated at the Covid pandemic circumstances that have put so many roadblocks in the way of things that matter so much to me (like church, and grandchildren, and travel), but I say “Bless the Lord… and forget not all God’s benefits, blessings, love, grace, mercy, etc...”

It’s a Sunday morning, and there are so many reasons to say “Bless the Lord…”


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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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