Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017


Old Testament: Jeremiah 4:9-10, 19-28
Morning Psalms: Psalms 70, 71
New Testament: Romans 2:12-24
Gospel: John 5:19-29
Evening Psalms: Psalms 74


In you, LORD, I have taken refuge
( Psalm 71:1a)

Recent events have led many of us to believe that we are not safe anywhere. As I write this, the events of December 14th are on my mind. People are asking, “Isn’t there any place that is safe?”

Children, administrators, and teachers went to school one morning, to a place thought to be safe – after all, they had safety measures in place. A young man’s mother slept in her bed, where she thought she too, was safe. On that terrible morning, none of them were in a safe place. We seem to live in a day and age, where no physical place is safe – not our shopping malls, movie houses, schools, workplaces, places of worship, or homes.

As a result of this tragedy, and others similar to it, there is an ongoing dialogue about how we can protect ourselves and our children. As Christians, scripture provides us with an assurance that the world cannot – the Word of God.

Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go;
(Psalm 71:3a)

Refuge is defined as a safe haven, sanctuary, shelter, protection, place of safety, or asylum. My faith provides all the refuge I need to navigate through the challenges life presents. Knowing that God is still in control and has promised never to forsake me allows me to live my life without fear.

Thank you God, for the refuge you provide. You have promised always to be with us in the midst of all that occurs – the good and the bad. Thank you for that assurance.
SWG (2/28/13)

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