June 5. Life is full of juxtaposed paradoxes. When I pick up my daughter from work, she fills me in on her day. Usually she’s Bubbly! Something like, “Today was awesome. They had Bee-Bee-Q!” Bubbly. But tonight was different. She starts by saying, “I had a Really. Bad. Day.” I empathized and asked what happened…
“A co-worker died today.” Wow. How do you even respond to that. I offered my condolences. “And, another coworker’s 3-year-old grandson choked to death.” … “And another coworker got fired. [details] Now she and her husband are both unemployed and they have three kids under 10 years old.”
We had a somber dinner hour, and we resumed our own lives: the rest of us telling her about our nature walks and bike rides on this rare day of sunshine, wedding lists, honeymoon reservations… But it wasn’t Bubbly.
3 The pains of death surrounded me,
And the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me;
I found trouble and sorrow.
4 Then I called upon the name of the LORD:
“O LORD, I implore You, deliver my soul!”
5 Gracious is the LORD, and righteous;
Yes, our God is merciful.
6 The LORD preserves the simple;
I was brought low, and He saved me.
7 Return to your rest, O my soul,
For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.