"It pays to take life seriously; things work out when you trust in God." Proverbs 16.20, The Message
Taking this with me today. Before the day began there were hints of crisis everywhere. People I love who are suffering, hurting, confused and broken. Worries and anxiety right here in my neighborhood. Phone calls and texts and emails and conversations.
And it's not just one, or two. It is more and more, families and friends and neighbors. Some of you, my friends, need to know that you are not alone. Not only because you are loved and your friends and community are with you, but that you have not been singled out. There is suffering and stress all around us.
At times it seems that there is an oppressive force at work. It coats our souls with despair. It brings us to our knees.
There is only one thing I can do. Rendered helpless by the sheer pain that life sometimes brings, I can only pray for help.
And this I believe - help will come.
"God said this once and for all; how many times have I heard it repeated?“Strength comes straight from God.” Psalm 62.11, The Message