Mid Week Reflections

Mid-week reflections with Pastor Heather
March 25th, 2020
Good morning friends.  How are you doing on this coronavirus Wednesday?  I hope you are holding up and looking for blessings in each day.  I was reading in the paper this morning how important it is that we remain connected during our time of physical isolation.  I hope this email is one way to be connected.  I also hope you’ll join us for live worship on your computer this Sunday at 10:30am.  Thursday I will send an email with directions for Zoom which is how we will meet.  It will be good to see as many smiling church faces as we can.
This week’s Psalm is Psalm 130:
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
   Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
   to the voice of my supplications!

If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
   Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you,
   so that you may be revered.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
   and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
   more than those who watch for the morning,
   more than those who watch for the morning.

O Israel, hope in the Lord!
   For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
   and with him is great power to redeem.
It is he who will redeem Israel
   from all its iniquities.
There is a lot to connect to in this Psalm isn’t there?  Out of the depths the Psalmist cries to the Lord.  I think a lot of us can relate to that sense of crying out to God from a low place.  Right now, things are so different, so strange, and so stressful.  We are certainly in the depths of a crises and there is legitimate worry that things will only get worse.  It is in these depths that we look to our God in faith.
The Psalmist says their soul waits for the Lord and in God’s word they have hope.  Hope in God is just what we need right now.  “My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning.”  Who are those who watch for the morning?  People who can’t sleep!  I am guessing there are more than one of us out there.  It is at night that I can often feel the heavy burden of anxiety and fear wearing on my heart.  I try to give these concerns to God but it isn’t always easy.
But, despite my worry, each morning comes.  Like those who wait for the morning, we will see the sunrise.  God is present, and the promises of God are fulfilled, in the joy of each new day.  The birds singing, the flowers blooming, and the promise of Spring that is just on the horizon.  Like those who hope in the Lord, we see God’s presence with each new morning.
With the Lord there is steadfast love and the power to redeem.  It is God who is steadfast and with us in this time of trial.  And it is God who will bring us salvation.  God is our good hope during these difficult days.
Friends, know that God is with you.  Know that I love and pray for you.  Know that with each new day we can see the promises of the Lord.  Like the sunrise, a new day is right around the corner.
                                                       Blessing and Love – Pastor Heather