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Thursday, November 9, 2023

Saint Mary Falls at Glacier National Park is about a mile walk from the road. The water looks refreshing. For this blog I searched for “refreshing” and found these verses.

The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.
Psalm 19:7,8

It made me think about how we are drawn to various things that may be exciting but not refreshing. We might wonder what law and what statutes this verse is talking about. I think it essentially means to love others like would love ourselves.

When we find it hard to love others, we might try putting ourselves in their places. From that perspective of the other person, we can ask ourselves, “If I was doing some crazy thing like this, how would I want others to treat me?” We would want others to treat us honestly, patiently, sometimes firmly, but with mercy.

As we study “the precepts of the Lord” we can see how refreshing they really are.