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One of the Sisters with whom I live often speaks of what she calls the “diamonds” she remembers from all we were taught in the novitiate or that some great (and usually humble) person has told her by which she tries to live. These sayings, or words of wisdom, have been deeply incorporated in her as a great benefit both to her and to all those she encounters. I was reminded of that this morning as I read the first lines from today’s Psalm response in our lectionary. It seems to me that I could do no better in any effort to mirror God’s ways in my life than the testimony given by the psalmist in those two short sentences. It is more than enough, I think, for today.

The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness. The Lord is good to all and compassionate toward all his works. (Ps. 145: 8)