Abundance or Scarcity?
Excerpt from Psalm 128
“Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around the table.”
Reflection by Martin B. Copenhaver
So much of our scripture is a celebration of abundance. The first
chapters of Genesis are a song of praise for God’s generosity. With
each act of creation, the divine refrain is, “It is good, it is good, it
is very good.” And it pictures the Creator saying, “Be fruitful and
Many of the Psalms, including the one for today, survey creation and
catalogue this abundance in loving detail and with joyful thanksgiving.
Then, in the Gospels, Jesus multiplies loaves and fishes so that
there is more than enough for everyone. At a wedding feast he turns
water into wine, and more wine than could be consumed at a dozen
weddings. These highly symbolic stories speak of God’s abundance.
There is enough, there is more than enough.
That’s the biblical narrative. But the narrative by which we are
tempted to live is another story entirely, a story of scarcity, where
there is never enough. In fact, we are tempted to define enough as,
“always something more than I have now.”
Do you live out of a sense of abundance or scarcity? That may be an economic question, but certainly it is a faith question.
O God, when I count your blessings, they
are numberless as the sands, so I confess that I don’t always get very
far with my counting. So I simply thank you for sharing your abundance
with me. Amen.
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