- First reading and Psalm
- Second reading
- Mark 5:21-43
1 From the depths of despair, O Lord,
I call for your help.
2 Hear my cry, O Lord.
Pay attention to my prayer.
3 Lord, if you kept a record of our sins,
who, O Lord, could ever survive?
4 But you offer forgiveness,
that we might learn to fear you.
5 I am counting on the Lord;
yes, I am counting on him.
I have put my hope in his word.
6 I long for the Lord
more than sentries long for the dawn,
yes, more than sentries long for the dawn.
7 O Israel, hope in the Lord;
for with the Lord there is unfailing love.
His redemption overflows.
8 He himself will redeem Israel
from every kind of sin.
This is a wonderful passage. It probably comes as no surprise that Pam and I have been struggling of late. It seems like forever ago that we resigned our current church. We had an initial interview in Rochester, NY and then after a few weeks we found out that door had closed. In the meantime, we’ve had several doors presented to us. In the last week or two, one of those doors closed. Sometimes when you are in the midst of things, it’s hard to see the hope. Pam and I have been praying (a lot) lately. One of the things that I have been praying for specifically is the hope – something that we can hang our faith on to. I pray what David has prayed – I am counting on Him – I am putting my hope in His word. There are days (especially lately) – I will readily admit – that I don’t see that light at the end of the tunnel – or maybe if I do – I think it is the headlight of an oncoming train. There is the constant “Monday Morning Quarterbacking” that we do to ourselves – the self-doubt. Did we make the right decision? Did we hear from the Lord correctly? I’ve had these thoughts and more. I am so glad to be part of a supportive church family. This has been tough on them as well. There are several in our congregation who have been so supportive of us and are praying every day that God opens up the doors and that we will walk straight through it.
- Mark 5:21-43
I really haven’t wrote much about this whole process – partly because I didn’t want to upset our current church family (because they have been so supportive of us and quite a few didn’t want us to leave and still don’t.) But they have seen that it is all in God’s plan. This has been a tough season and this is the first time that I have had a blog during a transition where we didn’t know where we were going when we resigned. We took a leap of faith – following God’s call.
It’s really been amazing on Facebook, especially the last couple of days. Friends have posted inspirational quotes and photos – not specifically to my timeline, but to their timeline for all to see – and not directed at me or Pam, but God has used those – post after post after post. I am so thankful that God gives us hope, just as He gave David hope.
As I close, I give you part of verse 7 “hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is unfailing love.”