Old Testament: Genesis 43:1-15
Morning Psalms: Psalms 69
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 7:1-9
Gospel: Mark 4:35-41
Evening Psalms: Psalms 73
I’m glad 2013 is in the rear view mirror. It was a year full of pain and heartache. I lost my Mother-In-Law and a co-worker, I watched several close friends battle debilitating and life threatening diseases, and I was so far mired in a destructive relationship with my work that I couldn’t even see it. The beginning of Psalm 69 seems to express the way I felt much of the year.
Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me.The truth is, I was saved and blessed many times over in 2013. In June, for instance, I went with the youth of our congregation on a mission trip. I still can’t tell you for certain why I decided to go. It was just suddenly important to me. Somehow that experience helped me see how unhealthy my work situation had become and how much I was leaving undone in my life because of it. A few short weeks later, an opportunity (which had been open to me for years) was renewed. This time, I seized it! Now I am in a positive, healthy, and exciting position that allows me to have balance in my life. I would never have expected a mission trip to have such a drastic impact on my professional as well as my personal life – but it did.
Facing the challenges of grief and fear for friends and family remains important and is a struggle I am still faced with today; but with His support I am focused on being the loving husband, father, friend, and person I want to be, and on sharing His love by that example. When it all seems too much, I try to think of Jesus’ words to the disciples in today’s reading from Mark.
“Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”