A Season of Transition, a Season of Prayer — Please join us each day at 11:30 a.m. in offering a personal but collective prayer for our congregation. Today’s focus for prayer is Millie, Von, Deborah, Michelle, Derek, and Julie – our clergy – as they faithfully continue their ministries in a time of transition.
Scripture: Psalm 66
Key Verses: 5-6 Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in his deeds among mortals. 6 He turned the sea into dry land; they passed through the river on foot.
Reflection: Time and again through their history the people of Israel remembered God’s presence and actions during the Exodus from Egypt. The story of a way out of slavery and through the waters became a touchstone of faith and trust for them. They told it over and over. They ritualized it in the Passover. They sang about it years later in Psalms like this one.
Embedded in the song of praise are long years of longing and waiting. The Exodus is powerful only because the life of slavery preceding it was so devastating. Whole generations were born and died enslaved. Then, there is a miraculous escape through the sea! Life for the Israelites changed in a powerful way, but all was not roses afterwards. Another generation knew only wandering in the wilderness before the Promised Land became a reality, and even then, another exile was looming.
The Psalmist holds on to the awesome deeds of God, and calls people to come and hear the story. Come and hear what God has done.
Wherever you are in your life, the Psalmist sings, whether God seems near or distant, remember God’s faithfulness. Make a joyful noise to God, not just for the blessings you know today, but because God has been present even in the midst of suffering, even during long years of pain. Make a joyful noise and look ahead to what God may be doing today and in the future!
Prayer: Faithful God, you are always there, even when your timetable doesn’t seem to match up with mine. Keep me trusting. Help me to remember your grace and goodness in times past, and look forward in trust and faith to your good future. Through Christ the Lord, I pray. Amen.
Author: Julie Hester
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].