+ Behold, our savior will come; you need no longer fear
Reading #1 – Acts 2:37-42
Reading #2 – Psalm 27;
The writer of today’s Psalm knows what it is to be in conflict, to be picked
on and persecuted, to have enemies who wait for him to fail, and to feel
abandoned by God. These experiences of pain and struggle are common
to every single person, to a greater or lesser degree. Yet, in the midst of this
pain, the writer also knows a sense of confidence, security, joy, and
intimacy with God.
These experiences of strength, courage and being supported by a power beyond ourselves are also common to every person. The gift of this Psalm, though, is not just the comfort it offers in knowing that our experience of life is normal, but also the hints it gives for how best
to navigate the ups and downs that come our way.
The reason for the writer’s confidence is that he has found God – not
armies, or wealth, or his own intelligence – to be his fortress. He knows that
life requires a source of strength and inspiration that is beyond us, and he
has found a way to tap into God’s presence. He has learned that God is
always calling us into intimate conversation and communion, and he has
learned how to respond to the whisper of God’s Spirit. This means that he
has confidence that, even when he feels abandoned, God will never leave
him. And, as he seeks direction for his life, he knows he can trust God to
teach him how to live. This is why the final words of the Psalm call us to
wait patiently for God. It is this waiting that connects us with God’s
presence, and the wisdom, peace, and security of union with God.
How can you wait for God today, and allow the Spirit to guide and
When we feel overwhelmed by the roller-coaster of life, we may be tempted
to rush into our activities in the hopes that our busyness will make things
more manageable. But this usually just makes us feel even more
overwhelmed. When we make time for stillness, we are able to slow our
minds down and gain new perspective, and we often find new approaches
to our challenges that bring a greater sense of peace. Today, take some
time out to be still and allow God’s Spirit to speak and guide you.
When I feel overwhelmed, O God, I find peace by becoming still in your
PRAY: As I listen for your voice, O God, so I become more alert to the signs of your coming.:
Faithful God Hear our Prayer.
For all who suffer, that they may find comfort through their faith, we pray.
For all those who minister to the sick, that they be signs of God’s love we pray.
For doctors, nurses and caregivers, that their actions be done with love we pray.
For Ourselves, that we always believe that God holds us gently we pray.
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.
Look with favor, O God.
On all our needs
And hear our pleas when we cry out to you.
Grant to us, the faith of the centurion,
That we might give you glory
For the mercy and compassion
That lifts us up with your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God, for ever and ever Amen!