When the unthinkable happens and the world spins out of control.
When life is overwhelming and your strength is waning.
When your stomach is in knots and you don’t know how to unravel it.
During times of unrest a psalm can be the balm for your soul. Your heart’s cry and your faith’s song. Here’s mine.
Hope Amid Unrest
Lord, the world spins out of control;
The enemy attacks from all sides.
There is bloodshed and hatred,
name calling and finger pointing.
I am sick, Father, watching the images flash across the screen:
Dead police officers, slumped over civilians, starving babies,
weeping mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers.
Where do we find rest from the suffering?
It’s all so incredibly sad.
Unrest continues even while earthly justice is being served.
So we weep on for the suffering and the lost.
Where’s our joy? Where’s our peace?
Not in a prison sentence or a bomb that returns bodies to dust.
Still joy can be found; peace has not been lost.
For God is still God!
The Lord still reigns as King!
He continues to breathe life into existence.
He continues to pour out rain upon our parched land.
He continues to command the sun to bring light into the darkness.
You, Lord, are still mighty and good,
merciful and just, gracious and holy!
You turn our night into day,
our tears into laughter.
You love fiercely and perfectly.
You control the universe.
You have counted all the hairs on my head.
You direct the sun, moon and stars;
You command the lightening and thunder.
Nothing is too great for You, O Lord!
Life on this globe may seem to be turning upside down,
but Hope has not left; because God will not leave us.
In His shelter is our refuge.
Comfort is found in the shadow of His wings.
The battle may rage on,
but no matter how intense it becomes,
or hopeless it seems, we can rest in You, O Lord.
For we are safe in Your bosom.
All Your children find rest in Your mighty arms.
Power of Prayer
David, Solomon, and the other biblical Psalmists knew the power of pouring out their hearts to God in the form of a song or prayer. It’s amazing how soothing addressing God in such a manner can be.
Living life can hurt, but truly there is purpose in the pain and brokenness: maybe to point us to the One who longs to offer us rest in the here and now and an eternity of rest with Him in the future.
“Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before Him. God is our refuge. Selah” Psalm 62:8
Reflections: Has the unrest in your life or in the world brought unrest to your soul? Why not pour out your heart to God in written words?
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- Lovely morning for our women’s group to meet in a park; Relief for Rach; Perfect backyard for an evening wog
- Rachel back to some of her normal activities; Watching a pair of bluebirds play; Hanging with Rach in the hammock
- Morning visiting with a dear friend; Afternoon checking out a couple local parks with the family; Evening grilling out and playing frisbee
- Getting our spending plan (aka, budget) up to date!; Black raspberry jelly made; Giving my garden a little TLC
- Blessing of a chunk of time to work on the images for my#EverydayPraisedevotional; Giving my garden more TLC; Finishing reading aloud to my teenagers the first of a captivating Christian fantasy adventure trilogy: “Hawthorn’s Discovery” by Alan W. Harris (we all loved it and can’t wait to dive into the second one!)
- A commissioning and blessing at church for the 19 youth and 6 adults leaving for the National LCMS Youth Gathering on Friday; Surprise visit by Danny to watch “Finding Dory” with us; Watching a doe and her 2 fawns frolick in our front yard
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