We are going through a difficult time, but we are not alone—we are with one another and we have the assurance that God and his Son, Jesus Christ, are both with us and his Holy Spirit, surrounds and guides us each and every day. The Psalms are a model of honest prayer that speak to every part of our lives.
1 O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever.
2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,
those he redeemed from trouble
3 and gathered in from the lands,
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.
4 Some wandered in desert wastes,
finding no way to an inhabited town;
5 hungry and thirsty,
their soul fainted within them.
6 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress;
7 he led them by a straight way,
until they reached an inhabited town.
8 Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
for his wonderful works to humankind.
I have gone on retreat to the Genesee Abbey in Piffard, NY, several times. We were to maintain silence except when we gathered with the monks five times a day to pray the Psalms. During the week, they pray all 150 Psalms. It was a wonderfully refreshing and stimulating spiritual experience.
Psalm 107 is a song of “Thanksgiving for Deliverance From Many Troubles” This psalm challenges us to think about the times God has delivered us from fear, loneliness and anxiety!
We need to thank God who is good and whose steadfast love endures forever!
Rev Les Peine
VIRTUAL ADVENT BIBLE STUDY: “THE INCARNATION” by Adam Hamilton
Will begin Dec 2nd at 9:00 am live on Epworth UMC’s Facebook page. http://www.massillonepworthumc.com.
Dec 2nd “Presidents and Kings”
Dec 9th “The Savior and Our Need for Salvation”
Dec 16th “Emmanuel in the Midst of a Pandemic”
Dec 23rd “Light of the World, Word of God and Lord”
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