Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!
Readings for October 11, 2020; Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 23; Philippians 4:4-13; Matthew 22: 1-14
I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:11b-13
During these past several months since the pandemic presented its ugly head, I have been faced with a season of life ‘in want’. It’s not a need for food or shelter or employment, as many are having to endure, but still a very real state, none the less. It is the lack of being in relationship, in sharing in others’ lives, the emotional and psychological stimulation that assures you that you are loved and worthy, and the physical interaction that allows you to express yourself and your love to others. It is this social and psychological aspect of my being that has been surviving on minimal replenishment. And I know from others and the mental health statistics, that I am not alone. We are all struggling with it, and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. Don’t get me wrong. I truly believe that we must continue in our diligent efforts of physically distancing and self-isolations for the love of others. We have seen that such efforts by people make a difference, and we have also seen how rejecting such efforts by people feed the virus. So, I will continue through this season of ‘being in want’, and I pray you choose to too.
Despite these days, I am thankful that we can turn to Scripture to know God and his promises. God’s Word tells us of God’s truths. We know that God promises to fill us to overflowing when we seek him as our Shepherd, no matter how empty we feel. Christ promises to take our burdens and give us his burden which is easy and light. He has said and proven over and over again how much he loves us and that he will never leave us nor forsake us. When we seek him, he answers. Therefore, may we go to him in the quiet of our days and lay before him our ‘wantings’ and our needs. As we simply rest in his presence, he will fulfill all our needs and fill us with his peace. What we are missing from one another, he can accomplish.
In the remainder of these pandemic days, especially if your country is heading into colder, more isolating weather, may you seek the Lord and receive contentment and fulfillment in Him. May you join me in continually heeding Paul’s words:
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4-7)
Then with confidence proclaim: “I, state name here, can do all things [and endure all things] through Him who gives me strength! AMEN” (taken from Philippians 4:13)
Prayer: Dear Lord, Glory to you oh Lord! You are the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Thank you Jesus for loving me so much that you willingly paid the price my sins deserve so that I can spend eternity in Heaven with You, the Father and Holy Spirit. Together, you are my God! I lay before you this day my needs of (state needs here). Help me to see your blessings all around me, and to continually turn to you for my strength and contentment. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!