Lenten Reflection

Friday, February 20, 2015

Psalm 25:1-10

In you, Lord my God,

    I put my trust.

I trust in you;
    do not let me be put to shame,
    nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one who hopes in you
    will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
    who are treacherous without cause.

Show me your ways, Lord,
    teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are God my Savior,
    and my hope is in you all day long.
Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
    for they are from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth
    and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
    for you, Lord, are good.

Good and upright is the Lord;
    therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
He guides the humble in what is right
    and teaches them his way.
10 All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful
    toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.

By Katrina Mitchell

Over the years, on both a personal and professional level, I have found a particular spiritual comfort in the Psalms. Psalm 25: 1-10 reminds us that putting our trust in God provides us with strength and protection throughout our difficult days: “I trust in you; do not let me but put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. No one who hopes in you will ever be to shame ….”

Psalm 25 then continues, offering a centering message so important for days when the burdens of the world seem too much to bear: “Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” Leading our lives and doing our work in the path of the Lord provides us with hope and reassurance that our purpose here on earth is greater than ourselves.


Dear Lord, Thank you for the many blessings that you have given us. Each day, please help us to put our trust in you and lead our lives according to the path you have provided for us, being kind and patient to everyone around us. Help us to remember and be grateful for these blessings, and to remain committed to serving those who have been given less than we have. Please help us to remain empathetic to all human suffering, and give us the strength to fight in your name for justice, equality, and human rights. May we demonstrate your spirit in our daily lives and work, and each day touch someone else in the way you have touched us.  Amen.

Greetings from Tanzania, East Africa! During my general surgery training at Weill Cornell-New York Presbyterian Hospital, I found my church home at The Park, and became a member in 2011. I have since graduated from residency and currently am living and working full-time as a surgeon in Tanzania.

- Katrina Mitchell

You can read past 2015 Lenten Reflections here.

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