Elkhorn Valley District
Today's Lectionary Text
To the leader. Of the Korahites. According to Alamoth. A Song.
God is our refuge and strength,
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
Come, behold the works of the Lord;
“Be still, and know that I am God!” The call to be still and fully present with God speaks to many of us. But in the last five weeks of the year, stillness is hard to come by. Our calendars filled up weeks ago. We hurry to buy presents, then get them wrapped and delivered to their recipients. We’ll pull out recipes that have gathered dust for eleven months to plan holiday meals and parties.
If you’re involved in church leadership, there is the work of Advent worship, Christmas pageants, mission projects, and everything else to do in a sprint to December 24. Then we’ll gather for what we hope and pray is the perfect moment of stillness as many of us light candles and sing “Silent Night”.
While the tenth verse, “Be still, and know that I am God!” is what draws many of us to Psalm 46, the theme of the psalm—the chorus of the ancient song is this, “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.” The psalmist sings of trusting God in the face of mortal danger; natural disasters and war. God protects during storms, blesses and protects the city of Jerusalem. God brings peace where there is war.
If the psalmist can sing of trusting God through those trials, we can trust God to be our refuge and strength in the midst of holiday shopping, as we travel to be with family, as we wonder if all the busyness of the season is ever worth it.
In between all that busyness, I would invite you to find time to live into those words of verse 10. Take those moments to be still, and to be present with God. Step away from all the rushing to breathe deeply and know that God is our strength and our refuge.
-Rev. Michael Turner
Auburn & Topeka Grace UMC's
Prayer for Reflection
Almighty and loving God, we confess we are people who will sometimes lose sight of you in the middle of all we do to celebrate the birth of your son, Jesus. We are thankful for you, for your love and grace, and we pray we may find refuge and strength in you in the days and weeks to come. Amen.
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