Today's Lectionary Text
To the leader: according to Jeduthun. Of Asaph. A Psalm.
I cry aloud to God,
You keep my eyelids from closing;
I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord;
When the waters saw you, O God,
As I read this passage from Psalm 77, I contemplate how the events of 2019 have tested and shaped our churches and pastors in the first half of this year. From General Conference to natural weather disasters, many have had their faith tested. How can we ever recover and try to make sense of all it? I am reminded that we have a mighty and awesome God who calls us into the storm of life, where he stands with both feet firmly planted among waters that threaten us.
We serve a God who has cared for and blessed us and our ancestors, through all the trials of life. As I visited with one of my members who is a farmer, I could sense the pain and frustration he was feeling as a result of all the rain we have had. But in the midst of his pain, he still expressed hope because he knows God has always taken care of them over the years.
By faith we know that God will never leave or forsake us. So as I field questions about what will the United Methodist Church look like in the future, my answer is simple. No matter what comes, we will still be the church that does “Jesus stuff.” We will still be in our communities, reaching out to those who have been marginalized. We will still be the church where people look to us for help among their storms. We will still be the church who shares the love of God so that His light shines into even the darkest situations. Our mission has not changed! Our mission is to live and love like Jesus did and transform lives in the process. For me it’s pretty simple, I will stretch out my hand and take his, through the storms that he has already conquered.
-Pastor Darren Frazier
Marion Eastmoor UMC
Prayer for Reflection
Thank God for lifting us up out of the storms of life. Empower us to do the same to all your children. Amen
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