Scripture: Psalm 5
Key verses: (1-2)
1 Give ear to my words, O LORD;
give heed to my sighing.
2 Listen to the sound of my cry,
my King and my God,
for to you I pray.
Reflection: We are never alone. When all seems lost, and the walls close in, we are never alone. When our sighs are just sounds of grief, and don’t even make words — when there are no words — we are not alone. When nobody around us seems to understand, and we don’t even understand ourselves, we are — even then — not alone. God is always there. We lift our cries to God, and God hears us, because we are not alone.
And, through some miracle of grace, we in the church are invited to be the love of God wherever we go in the world. We are to embody the grace of God for those who would otherwise feel alone. We take with us the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit into all the places we go: the classroom, the board room, the hospital room, the playground, the grocery store — everywhere. Somehow we have the privilege of showing up and loving as God has loved us, even when we don’t know what to say or do. We just love.
You are not alone. Go be God’s love for someone else, so they will remember that too.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for loving me. Thank you for those who have shown up and shown me your love. Help me be your love in the world. In the name of Christ, 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].