On the eve of my 70th year: a Psalm 90 meditation

The span of our life is seventy years,
perhaps in strength even eighty;

Today is my birthday eve.

My favorite coffee spot has sent me a coupon for a free cup of celebration coffee. I’ll drop by and perhaps treat myself to something yummy to go with it.

Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning; *
so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.

Later today I’ll hop on a plane and fly to Dallas to spend my birthday with my family. United upgraded me to first class for the easy flight.

So teach us to number our days *
that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.

Tomorrow morning I’ll drive to Southlake to worship with one of my dearest friends, the Rev. Alan Bentrup. The church had already reached their Covid capacity but he said he’d find a place for me.

May the graciousness of the Lord our God be upon us; *
prosper the work of our hands;
prosper our handiwork.

And I’ll be praying and pondering: how will I celebrate the gift of another year that is most loving of God and loving of my neighbor?

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