My share has fallen in a fair land;
indeed, I have a goodly heritage. (Psalm 16.5)
The psalmist is speaking about the actual portion of land allocated to him by lot. This desirable piece of land has come to him literally by the luck of the draw.
Much as we may chafe against the present restrictions and frustrations, we have so much to be thankful for. We think of those living in constant terror in war torn countries, Christians and others persecuted for their faith, places where free speech is smothered and dissidents imprisoned or murdered. We tend to take for granted our ‘goodly heritage’ of peace and freedom. But surely our response must be first thankful awareness of the undeserved blessings we enjoy, and then a determination to use them to further the purposes of God in the place where He has called us to be.
‘God, thou hast given so much to me, give one thing more: a grateful heart’ (George Herbert, 1593-1633)
Revd Rosemary Kobus van Wengen