Joy in the Crowd


It was a warm April afternoon in 1968. Martin Luther King had just been shot a few days previously. A great crowd marched through Newark, N.J., the city where I was born. At one point we were walking up a hill. When we reached the top and began to go down, the immense crowd was seen stretching far ahead. It took my breath away for a moment. There were people of all ages and races, babies in arms and little children holding hands with their mommies and daddies as we all quietly walked along. There was an immense feeling of peace.

Other great crowds walked along in peace, three times a year in the time of Jesus, making their way up the gentle hill to Jerusalem. They sang today’s psalm as they walked in joy.

Like the prayer of the sacred writer of this psalm, I pray that you may see your children, your grandchildren and even your great and great-great-grandchildren! May you have a long wonderful life filled with God’s love, living a life that shows God’s love within you.

Psalm 128

Sample Bible Breath:  Breathing the blessings of God v. 5
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Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms.
During Lent across the three-year cycle,
we read the “Songs on the Journey,” Psalms 120-134.

This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion. An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick