Praise the Lord! O give thanks to the Lord, for God is good; for God’s steadfast love endures forever. - Psalm 106:1
Do you have any scriptures, songs, poems, movies, books...whatever it may be...that ground you; things that serve as anchors that keep you centered in the middle of life’s storms?
For those of you who have known me these past seven years, you know what some of mine are: the music of John Denver (and ‘70s-era singer/songwriters in general), the “Lord Of The Rings” trilogy, Disney, my wonderful family, being at the ocean...what are some of yours?
This past year has been one where the strength of our collective and personal anchors have been profoundly challenged. In our church, specifically, we’ve moved through simultaneous crises that have truly tested us on a multitude of levels since last fall; and the resonances of those crises will follow us for years yet ahead of us.
And yet at the same time, here we are looking ahead with hope at beginning the process of getting back to our church building for worship. There are signs of hope and promise for emerging from this time of the pandemic and re-establishing our lives again. Perhaps not in the same way it was before, but perhaps what lies ahead will be even better than what lies behind.
This psalm is an anchor for me, and perhaps it could be for you, too. No matter what happens, God’s love for us never ends. No matter how deep and dark the valley, God walks through it with us and helps us find ways to emerge and discover new mountaintops await us. The past may have been difficult. The present may be painful. The future may be unclear.
But God’s steadfast love endures forever. For you, for me, for all of us. I can think of no better anchor in the storm.
Loving God, thank you for the anchors of our lives that keep us grounded amidst the chaos; especially your steadfast love for us.