A RAINBOW OF HOPE
IN AN UNCERTAIN WORLD – “Be still, and know that I am God!” In coming to know our creator, our experiences are individual and will be a product of who we are and what our life is like. There is something innate in us that seeks God. It is a question of whether we are willing to let that come through our fears and perhaps anger. Even before we open to God, we are not abandoned. God is and has always been with us, waiting for us to choose to open ourselves to God. Whether it is the first time that we seek refuge or the millionth, God’s unfailing love is present and already connected to us. Nothing in the world can or will get in the way of God’s love for us. This paraphrase of Psalm 46 is one way of reaching out to God. It works at the beginning of the day or whenever we need it.
”God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
and the mountains shake and tremble.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in its midst; it shall not be moved;
The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter; God’s voice can make the earth melt.
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Come, behold the works of the Lord; see what destructions God has brought on the earth.
God makes wars cease, breaks the bow, and shatters the spear; fire burns the shields.
“Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth.”
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.”
Paraphrased from Psalm 46, NRSV
O God, you are our refuge. Wherever we find ourselves, you are there with us. Your love has no end and no circumstance will deny that love for us. Help us see this love you have for us and know there is no ending point. Show us this scary world through new eyes and teach us to rely on you instead of the world. May we come to know that nothing that happens will ever break the connection between us. We are grateful. Amen. PEACE