March 21, 2023: DST with Hope

Reading: Psalm 130

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!
If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem.
It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.



The first few weeks after changing the clocks to Daylight Savings Time at least, it seems I find myself waking up and watching and waiting for the morning. Eventually, as the daylight hours lengthen towards summer, morning light comes earlier again. But, while DST gives us light later in the evenings, right after the clock change the mornings are dark. And I watch and wait. It will come. In that I hope.

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope (Psalm 130:5)

Sometimes in that time of waiting for the sun to come up, I say a prayer putting my hope in God remembering his steadfast love and power to redeem. Sure, when we spring forward we lose an hour but sometimes I see it as gaining a time to wait, watch and hope.

–Ruth Gates



O LORD hear my voice. In your word I put my hope. Thank you for your unfailing love and forgiveness.