March 25, 2012


“My heart overflows with a goodly theme; I address my verses to the king; my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.”
Psalm 45: 1 (NRSV)

An average Joe from Adair, Iowa goes to a gas station for pizza, buys thee lottery tickets, and wins a million dollars! He responds to emails, phone calls, radio announcers, and TV reporters. The incredible happened, and he can’t keep still. Before that life-changing sale, he simply lived from day to day. Now, he’s thrilled about a new future.

That’s the energy behind today’s scripture. The unbelievable occurs, and the tongue runs wild. The psalmist adores the king and can’t help but sing. She praises his stature, character, power, and wealth. A few verses later, she leaves her father’s house—with all its comfort and familiarity—and prepares for her king and a new way of life.

This time of year, many people celebrate Lent—a season of surrendering familiar, life-robbing habits in exchange for forgiveness and freedom in Christ. It’s an interlude for confession, contemplation, and renewal. A time for rekindled love, sacred rest, and rejuvenated life. A nurturing anticipation of Easter’s rich and glorious hope.

King of all, I surrender my heart to forgiveness, love, and wholeness. Amen

How am I making space to honor the daily miracle of forgiveness?

Written by Deborah Jansen

The Bridge is a collaborative ministry by four Downtown Des Moines churches. The Bridge Meditations are part of the ministry of The Bridge which is working to enrich the lives of those working, living and visiting downtown Des Moines. Programs developed by The Bridge offer spiritual formation and development, professional counseling, holistic health and family support. The Connection Cafe is a Bridge ministry which provides a free mid-day meal five days per week. The Connection Cafe is located next to the YWCA on Grand Avenue and is supported by many churches and civic organizations in its ministry. For more information, or to volunteer to help with The Bridge, The Connection Cafe or other Downtown Des Moines ministries contact Rob Hoover at 515-771-1481 or by email at

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