Giving the Barren Woman a Home

This meditation is based on a passage for April 15, 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Psalm 113

Reflection and Question: We have reflected before upon Hannah’s wrenching plea to conceive a child. There are many barren women in Scripture who yearn for a child – Sarah, Rachel, and Elizabeth, to name a few. In ancient times and even in many places today, barren women are shunned or vilified; yet God cares for them in particular. This song praising God makes the image of the barren woman becoming a mother the climax, the most compelling example of the glory of God the poet can think of. When you praise God, what image of God’s goodness comes to mind?

Prayer: Praise the Lord! Praise, you servants of the Lord, Praise the love of the Lord!
Giving to the homeless a home, Giving to the homeless a home,
God fills their hearts with hope and joy. Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
(Marjorie Jillson, Praise the Lord! Presbyterian Hymnal, 225)