Archive for December 7th, 2020

Confidence in Waiting

Close your eyes, breathe, and clear your mind. Be still. Center your scattered senses on God’s presence.

REFLECTION: Written by Jan Caldwell

We wait…for information about the virus that is sweeping the world, to see if we, or a loved one contracts the virus, for Zoom calls, for Amazon deliveries, for tomorrow…We remember…what our lives used to be like, going to restaurants, traveling, visiting friends in their homes, hugs…We pray this next year will be one of preparing….with vaccinations, continued care to keep ourselves and each other safe and well, how to return to our public and busy lives, how to tell our hearts to beat again…We rejoice always in the knowledge God is with us and He will never leave us.  In this season of uncertainty, we turn to Him for courage, discernment, peace, love.    “Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you”.  (Deuteronomy 31:6)

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 118:5-9

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 is 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.

Pause and meditate on the Scripture.

PRAYER:  Written by Emilie Griffin, a contemporary American author who writes about religious experience, prayer, and spiritual life.

Dear Lord, there are signs of trouble and anxiety all around me. Give me confidence to trust in your incarnate presence in a fearful world. Help me know that I am a child of God. Amen.

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MUSIC VIDEO:  Animated Faith:  Fear, Fear Not Mary

IMAGE: Painted by Connie McCoy of our church

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