December 4, 2014

posted Dec 11, 2014, 11:08 AM by Church Secretary

Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

I had the pleasure to be asked to attend and participate in a good friend of mines Celebration of a New Ministry in Elizabeth City, NC.  I'm sure it will be wonderful and I will enjoy seeing Chip and his wife Becky and meeting new Episcopalians from the other side of the state.  Unfortunately with the travel requirements I did not do a weekly article.  This is the reading for today from Forward Day by Day.

 

 

Psalm 18:6-7 I called upon the Lord in my distress and cried out to my God for help. He heard my voice from his heavenly dwelling; my cry of anguish came to his ears.

 

Help! Sometimes things go wrong, and we need help. Bad things happen, and we find ourselves hurting. We can't make it right. The breakers of death may seem to be rolling over us (Psalm 18:4), whether we face an unexpected illness or a problem at work or the loss of a loved one. Each distress reminds us we're vulnerable and not self-sufficient. We can't save ourselves, no matter how strong or clever we seem. We need help beyond ourselves.
  

It can be easier for God to reach us when we accept our limitations and our needs. God's help is always present for us, but we must receive it. The time of our greatest distress can also be the moment when we let ourselves be open to God. We can drop our defenses, and let God save us. Even in the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23:4), we're not alone. God is with us and saves us in our distress.

 

See ya Sunday!

 

Peace & Blessings,

Gary+

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