Every morning I spend time in prayer and have a time of devotion to start my day. In November, during my morning time with God, I began reading a Psalm each day. I have been inspired, humbled, and comforted by the words of the Psalmists who are sharing their relationship with God and their journey of faith.
Psalm 62:5-8 shares,
“In God alone my soul finds rest, for my deliverance comes from God, who alone is my rock, my salvation, my fortress: I will never be shaken. Only in God — my deliverance, my glory — my refuge is God. Trust in God always, my people; pour out your hearts before God our refuge.” (The Inclusive Bible)
As the darkness swirls around us from Covid 19 to division and violence in the country I take refuge in my relationship with God. It is so easy to be glued to the news coverage and it is important for us to stay informed on what is happening in our world. But I have found the practice of beginning and ending my day in prayer and scripture brings me comfort. I encourage you to carve out times in your day where you can take time to be present with God.
In addition to scripture, I take comfort in music that reminds me of God’s presence in my life. I often turn towards the Taize hymn Be Still and Know That I Am Gone. There are many moments in the day when I find myself taking a step back, taking a deep breath, and repeating those lyrics to myself.
Friends may you take refuge in your relationship with God during these challenging times.
Holy God our hearts are heavy with the darkness of our world. We confess that it is not always our first instinct to turn towards you. When the load is heavy remind us that you are there and nudge us back to your path. O God thank you for the many ways that you provide us comfort and strength to put one foot in front of the other. In your Holy name we pray, Amen.
Pastor Alyssa Baker