God, Our Refuge and Strength
Updated: Apr 25, 2020
"God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though it's waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging."
He says, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."
Psalm 46:1-3, 10
Our world has changed dramatically in the past few weeks. We may feel bewildered or disorientated, we may feel worried or afraid. But faced with turmoil and uncertainty, the psalmist encourages us to take refuge in God. God, who is with us, ever present, whether we notice or not. God who is able to help us in times of trouble. God who invites us to be still and know that He is God. Many of us have no option but to slow down, to be still. But we can choose how we inhabit this enforced stillness. We can choose to pray, to meditate and reflect, to look for what God is doing and saying in all of this. We can choose to deepen our relationships with those close to us. We can choose to create a rhythm of life - enhancing activities at home. We can choose to find safe ways to reach out with kindness to those who live around us and those with whom we are connected online.
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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