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Psalm 103 is one of those comforting reminders of the ways in which God cares for us more even than we could ask or imagine. I feel the effect of the psalmist’s words this morning as I read the familiar lines: For as the heavens are high above the earth, so surpassing is God’s kindness…as far as the east is from the west, so far has he put our transgressions from us…(vs. 11-12)

Reading different translations sometimes adds a new depth of meaning to these long-standing sentiments. Today I read an alternate verse 10 and my imagination soars with the words: For as the heavens reach infinitely beyond all space and time, we swim in mercy as in an endless sea. (Ancient Songs Sung Anew, p. 258) I am immediately transported to a beach at Cape Cod, Massachusetts where the waves beckon as I walk into the water before the plunge that takes me deep in the rocking motion that I love. As I let myself go, I trust that I will arise from the experience refreshed and grateful, cleansed and renewed.

Today looks like it would be a great beach day…if only the beach were nearer and other tasks were not closer at hand. But it is enough to have felt that touch of God from where I sit, readying me for whatever comes my way today, strengthened in the presence of the God who loves me beyond all imagining.