Dear Brothers and Sisters ,

Every season of the year is a gift from God. For some reason I often find myself reading the Psalms more in the summer. Recently I was reading Psalm 16 and ran across the line,”…the boundary lines have fallen for me in good places, I have a goodly heritage…(Psalm 16:6) The psalmist here is making reference to how good boundaries are the method by which God “protects (vs. 1)” us.

Robert Frost made reference to this in the poem the “Mending Wall,” which includes the famous line “good fences make good neighbors.” We teach our children good boundaries, walk in three’s when you are in a strange place, don’t run into a busy street without looking both ways, the best one is-- live within the ten commandments.

My reading of the Psalms has been colored by Martin Luther’s comment that they’re an exorcize in the first commandment, always reminding us why we fear, love and trust God above all else. The boundaries God has set for us are good, for our protection. Maybe another image is the invisible fencing for dogs; most get used to the limits and enjoy what they have---which now has me singing “Don’t Fence Me In.”

God bless,

Still in One Peace,

David J. Jensen

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