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“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise person who built their house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.” - Matthew 7:24-25


The foundations of many things in our lives have been shaken this year. Even as I type this, and I’m speaking for myself here, the foundations of what I’ve considered normal in terms of an election process and a transition of power are being shaken. Our individual and collective perceptions of normalcy are being shaken as we continue to live with COVID. The ways in which the virus has affected employment, economy, security, and our basic ability to be in fellowship with our family and our friends, particularly in the holiday season, are shaken to their core. Social unrest continues to shake the foundation of our souls and move us to continue to ask painful questions of ourselves.

These are, to be sure, days when the strength of our foundations are being tested.

Speaking again only for myself, I can say that there have been days when I’ve worried about the strength of some of these foundations, and I’m still having them. Yet, what I always return to are the rocks of the foundations that I’ve had in my life that have always weathered life’s storms and will continue to; even through these absolutely crazy days we’re living through right now.

What are your rocks? What are your foundations? What are those things that are primary anchors in your life that you’ve always leaned on that help you weather the worst storms life can throw at you? Jesus knows that storms will come. We have more than one story in our gospels about Jesus in the midst of them. In this parable, he uses storms to remind us that when storms come...and they will...we need to have built something in our lives that will sustain and bolster us through the worst of things. When we do, we won’t fall.

In these days when we are being shaken to our very core, how’s your foundation looking?


God Of Strength, assure us once again that with You as our foundation, there is no storm which we cannot weather.




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