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God’s Steadfast Love Endures Forever!

 
I am feeling frustrated and tired. Maybe you are too. Who knew what a worldwide pandemic would be like or how long it could be? And that virus is ever changing to do what viruses do. That means we are ever adapting to what the virus is doing in the world. Something so small and invisible to the naked eye is impacting so many people!

I thought I was pretty good at dealing with change and this is too much. We are all past our own limits of managing change beyond our control. This reminds me how much of the time I am able to handle what is going on. I mentioned recently that one article suggested that there are more angry incidents on airplanes because everyone feels angry and more readily react! We are not our best selves. Whether we admit it or not, most of us need some help to keep at it.
 
We are finishing off the summer preaching in the Psalms, the prayer book of the bible. Honest words in conversation with God about who God is and who we are. Like any relationship, we get to know each other and grow in life together. We can know God through the bible, stories and poetry and letters that tell us about God and God’s people. We open ourselves to God as we talk, listen and be with God in prayer. We can pray with words, in silence, while walking, dancing, with music, through art or groaning.

Psalm 1 and 2 remind us that the best and most solid place to be is with God. Our God is Lord over all creation even when leaders and the powers of the world seem to be winning.
Psalm 136 says repeatedly, “O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” God and God’s love are everlasting! The prayer names who and what God has done for the world and for God’s people. Each time remembering and declaring God’s steadfast love endures forever. While there are times to mourn and cry and grieve, take time to also remember who God is. Make your own prayer, naming the wonders of God and how God has been with the church, your family and friends and you personally.
 
Psalm 136:1 “O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.”
 
As we continue to deal with the present challenges,

 

  • think about what you can and cannot control,
  • know that you have faced other challenges in the past and come through it with hope,
  • be present to what is happening and invite God to be with you in it (good and bad),
  • remember who God is, who you are as God’s beloved one and what God has done,
  • focus on God’s values and your values as we live into the future.

Blessings,
Pastor Anne