Meditations 8.21.20

As brownouts and wildfires add to an already tumultuous time.

Record heat leading to rolling brownouts.

Lightening storms leading to several large wildfires.

All in addition to COVID-19 fears and social-distancing protocols, stress about school logistics, continued fighting for civil rights, and our politics on edge with the upcoming election.

There’s a lot on our plates in August 2020.

These are the Meditations and Prayers I’ve been practicing this week, all from the Christian faith tradition that I’m a part of.

Hope you find something that is helpful for you in this tumultuous time.

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1.

“When peace like a river, attendeth my way, / When sorrows like sea billows roll / Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say / It is well, it is well, with my soul”

-The hymn “It Is Well” by Horacio Spafford, 1873

This hymn was written after two horrific events in the author’s life:

1) Losing his son and all his investments in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

2) Losing his four daughters in a shipwreck in the Atlantic Ocean in 1873.

To be able to still have faith amidst immense loss and grief is a great example to follow during these times.

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2.

“‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.’”

-Jesus speaking in Matthew 11:28-29

We are weary and burdened as a community, as the fires have added yet another threat to our well-being. I’m thankful that Jesus invited people exactly like us into relationship with Him. He offers rest for our souls.

What a gift – rest – during these tumultuous times.

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3.

“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”

-King David of Israel, Psalms 46:1-2 NIV)

An ever-present help in trouble.

Our refuge and strength.

Therefore we will not fear.

Really applicable to these times.

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4.

“There’ll be another in the fire / Standing next to me / There’ll be another in the waters / Holding back the seas / And should I ever need reminding / How good You’ve been to me / I’ll count the joy come every battle / ‘Cause I know that’s where You’ll be”

-“Another in the Fire,” Hillsong UNITED

God joins us in the fire.

He joins us in the pandemic.

He joins us as we balance work and our kids’ education.

He joins us in the battle for civil rights and the moral character of our government and country.

He is with us and for us.

He is here.

We have Him. And each other.

We are not alone in this.

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