Scripture: Psalm 27
Key verse: (1) “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
Reflection: Night before last we lit candles in worship and sang Silent Night in the darkness of our Sanctuary. There was something mystical that seemed to occur when we lifted our candles high in the air, but now, two days later we are back to everyday life. Perhaps we are sad, perhaps we are relieved this holiday is over. In the midst of our holiday celebrations and exhaustion, the psalmist reminds us that the Lord is our light and salvation. Even though there is uncertainty in our country right now and many people are afraid or angry; even though our hearts might be breaking because we have lost someone we love; even if this was the best Christmas ever; we need God to light our way and give us strength. After all the decorations are put away, the Christmas wrapping paper has been recycled, and the tree has been dragged to the curb, the Psalms will continue to acknowledge the full range of human experience and emotion reminding us of what really matters.
God is stronger than our issues or struggles and will continue to be our light and salvation – the stronghold of our lives.
Prayer: Gracious God, thank you for your enduring presence. Remind us to place our trust and hope in you. Help us walk in your ways and not lose heart. Give us the strength and courage we need to face the events of this day and the days ahead. 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].