Psalm 118:5-6 Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. With the Lord on my side I do not fear. What can mortals do to me? * * * * * * * What can mortals do to me? Let me ponder this. Okay, I am done pondering. They can do a bunch. They can hurt me. I bleed. I cry. I feel shame. I question my effectiveness, my purpose, my very existence. I can be killed. If we could not cause such mayhem and pain, would we bother? Sometimes what God does for us is to give us a different perspective. It does not lessen the harm we endure or cause one another, but it does make it all look futile or silly against the landscape of God's power and God's grace. * * * * * * * Holy God, give us a new perspective. Amen.