“Among the gods there is none like you, Lord; no deeds can compare with yours. All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord; they will bring glory to your name. For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God.” Psalm 86:8-10
On Saturday, I shared with you about the family tragedy that happened in Bloomington last week and then yesterday while starting to lay out scripture verses, some photos and looking for a hymn this statement popped up on a worksheet that I have. “Today will never come again. Be a blessing. Be a friend. Encourage someone. Take time to care. Let your words heal…and not wound.” We live in a world where chaos seems to overwhelm us at times and challenges are just to great to face on our own…run to Jesus. Be His hands, feet, eyes, ears and mouth to those around you…take a moment to heal a broken heart. This girl from Maniche may appear to not have any challenges when the camera froze her image; but she does. Somebody donated a quarter and she is happy that there will be a plate of rice and beans for her on this day. Take a few moments to prayerfully consider how you can put a smile on somebody’s face today or ease their pain. I am closing today with the words from the first verse of a beautiful hymn that I heard a decade ago from Kurt Von Kampen: ‘I AM forever Who I AM.’
Though mountains slide into the sea, and waters rush where fields should be, though monuments and nations fall; Your holy city stands through all. When nothing seems to stay the same, You teach us your eternal name. I AM forever WHO I AM. Above you, beneath you, around you and within you; be still and know that I am God.
Dear Heavenly Father, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.
May God be with you…Jay