Wednesday April 29 2020

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Scripture: Psalm 118

Key verse: (1) “O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!”

Reflection: This is a song of victory most likely sung after winning a battle.  The first verse is a familiar one.  It is found in many hymns and songs of praise.  It reminds us of who God is and how God loves.  There are so many times in life that we need to know God will not leave us. There are battles in life that don’t involve armies or war.  These battles are experienced within and without.  Worry and anxiety or fear and uncertainty can rob us of joy. We are living in an uncertain time.  So many people have died in our country from an invisible enemy.  We want to win the battle against COVID 19, but preventing and curing a new virus takes time.  In the meantime, we have stayed at home and now we are experiencing what some are calling quarantine fatigue.  We want to go back to our regular routines. Some have at their own peril.  No matter how many wonderful pictures of fun we see on-line, it’s not all fun time with family.  There is financial stress, educational concerns, graduation disappointments, togetherness stress, isolation, loneliness and unemployment.  These things weigh heavily on our hearts.   The Psalmist writes: “out of my distress I called on the LORD; the LORD answered me . . .”   What wonderful words to remember when the tough times come.  And they have. One thing that this stay at home order has taught me is that we are in this together and God is with us.  The Holy Spirit connects each of us to one another in a profound fellowship centered on God.  So I invite you today to meditate on the words below then ask yourself:  Where do I take refuge – in the hope of everything returning to normal or in  the steadfast love of the LORD that endures forever?

O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!

Out of my distress I called on the LORD; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place.

With the LORD on my side I do not fear.

What can mortals do to me?

The LORD in on my side to help me; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.

It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to put confidence in mortals.

It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.

O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!

Prayer:  Gracious God, we give thanks that nothing can separate us from your love.  Come to our assistance today and take away our fear that we might live confident lives of faith in the face of the unknown.  Keep us safe and help us structure our lives in such a way that we might grow in faith and in love.  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].

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