Tehillim One Hundred and Seven: Connection

This chapter describes the wandering people, desperate in the desolate and isolated desert. They’re sad, depressed, and crying out for mercy. “And He led them on a straight road, to go to an inhabited city. They shall give thanks to the Lord for His kindness, and for His wonders to the children of men (Psalms 107:7-8).” It’s interesting that despite the fact that the desert is the place where the Jewish people were forged, where prophets walked and looked to for inspiration, in this case, the city is what leads to praise and joy. As a city fan, I definitely get energy from people and action, rather than from isolation. But lately I’ve been describing myself as a secret small town person, meaning that I’ve started to fall in love with small, intimate communities in beautiful places. Either way though, I think the key concepts are the same: people are looking for company, connection, and meaning, instead of isolation.

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