Scripture: Psalm 116
Key verse: (1) “I love the LORD, because he hears my voice and my supplications.”
Reflection: There are times when it is natural to wonder if God hears our prayers — especially when life is interrupted by bad news like a devastating diagnosis or sudden loss. Stressful news throws us off- balance. Often, our first response is to wish it away. When this “wishing” doesn’t work, we turn to the resources of our faith. Hopefully, when we do this, we discover that the cultivation of faith in the good times has equipped us for faith in the bad times.
I received an email a couple of weeks ago from a former colleague of mine. He has struggled with a chronic condition for 10 years that prevents him from working or enjoying many of the activities that used to fill his life. This condition won’t ever go away — there is no cure — and he has learned to live with it. Even in the midst of daily struggle he is able to be thankful for God’s salvation and live his life enjoying family and friends. When I pray for him and his family, I am reminded of today’s words from the psalmist: “even though I was brought low, the LORD saved me”. My friend is thankful because God has never left his side through the challenges of his illness. God can do the same thing for us when we are brought low by the challenges of life. God can save us from despair and doubt when we travel through situations that scare us.
There may be something that is creating distress in your life right now. You may feel God is very far away and you are alone. Remember how precious your life is to God and those who love you. Turn to God and remember God’s compassion for you. Be patient. God hears you and in time the answers and peace will come. Knowing this will give you the ability to hold on and even, in time, give thanks.
Prayer: Gracious God, life surprises us with things we don’t want. There are times when we feel lost and afraid. Remind us you are near. Help us to pray for one another. And, if there is someone we need to reach out to today, remind us to make that phone call or send that text. May we strengthen each other on this journey that your love might be visible to all. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[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].