Scripture: Psalm 130
Key verses: (1, 5, 7)
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD.
5 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
7 O Israel, hope in the LORD!
For with the LORD there is steadfast love,
and with him is great power to redeem.
Reflection: Transition is a word often uttered from my lips. I left a somewhat stable job and career to go to seminary for three years, and now here, at Myers Park, for the two-year call as a Resident Pastor. There are likely many more transitions ahead. While these moves and unknowns are often front of mind, I think back to what I consider my stable life in Greensboro. For 17 years in one place, there were still transitions: new homes, new jobs, new roles at church, family weddings, adoptions, newborns, and the list continues. Ending in one apartment, and beginning in a new home; leaving one job and being promoted to another; finishing one role at church and trying a new one; knowing a single family member, and getting to know them as married; welcoming new children; these are just a few of the transitions I remember where I lived for the longest time, so far.
The psalmist offers a prayer for our continuous transitions. There is a conviction that God is with us even in the depths of grief as we may lament losses or endings. We can trust in God to be with us and come to us in our need as we may struggle with new beginnings. So we wait for God with our hearts and our souls confident that God will come with ever-present, unfailing love.
The psalm reminds us of God’s grace and love. It is refreshing to feel God’s presence in all transitions, and know the peace and joy our Creator brings.
Prayer: Wherever I am in transition, Lord; I call to you. Come, Lord, come. My heart and soul wait for you, and I hope for your presence in all of the constant beginnings and endings. Teach me, remind me, that you are my hope; you are the steadfast love like no other. Amen.
Author: Amy Speas
[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].