Psalms: 55, 74
Old Testament: Lam 2:1-9,14-17
Gospel: Mark 12:1-11
New Testament: 2 Corinthians 1:23-2:11
When reading through my assigned verses the first few times, there were none that really jumped out at me. I picked them back up every few days and, after a week or so, I highlighted a few that seemed to stand out from the rest. For me, all of the readings had some reference to people harming other people, or people grieving. Those aren’t the kind of thoughts I like to meditate on; so I put them aside for a while -- again. What was in these readings for me?
God works in mysterious ways. A little more than a week ago, a dear and longtime friend of our family died suddenly. Our entire family was filled with grief. Each of us would show it and eventually come to peace with it in different ways and at different times. I went back to my readings. One of the verses I had highlighted was Psalm 55, verse 22, which says:
“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”
This verse I highlighted many weeks ago reminded me that I can trust God to give me His peace when I most need it. When filled with grief, I can trust in Him. This verse helped me come to peace with the passing of our friend. I pray for him every day and will continue to do so for forty-nine days, as this was a practice that he had followed every time someone he knew died.
May you also find peace in God’s Word when you need it.