Posé: A pause or rest stop along the Voyageurs' portage trail. Usually about ½ mile apart. We invite you to take a pause in your day to reflect and pray with us.  

New Year, Same God

O LORD, you have searched me and known me.  You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.  You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.  Even before a word is on my tongue, O LORD, you know it completely.  You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.  - Psalm 139:1-6

I'll admit to getting caught up in the "new" of the new year - making promises to exercise vigorously 4-5 times during the week, to cut out processed foods, to meditate for 20 minutes a day, to take time to actually write cards to people for the heck of it.  If I work hard enough, then my future will be better and brighter, right?  Maybe. 

The psalmist appears to be writing the psalm above at the end of his life.  He has walked with God and is intimately aware of God's presence in his life.  Nothing is foreign to God, in fact, God searches this psalmist out to be with him.  God's presence in this guy's life is so constant and elaborate that it almost feels overwhelming.  We always seem to want new things and new starts but the beauty of this passage is that God is like an old friend, and out of that strong history and faithfulness comes every hope and courage and "newness" for the present and future.  God knows us.  God knows you - all of you - and chooses to seek you out and be with you in a real way.  Can this be too wonderful?  You bet!  

Father, you have searched me and know me.  Make your home in me that I may always live in you.  Let me trust where you lead me and take joy in your purposes for you are altogether too wonderful for me.  Amen.   

Faithful travels everyone, 

Pastor Lisa Buchanan 

Bethany Lutheran Church in Deer River

VLM Camp Pastor 2010-2011

*Reprinted from The Knapsack Jan. 5, 2012