Ministry Updates for Monday, November 16th, 2020

 The following devotion and prayer is contributed by Jenny Michael

 Scripture – Psalms 94: 18-19

I cried out, “I am slipping!” but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me. When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.

 Reflection – Comfort

I’ve been thinking a lot about comfort lately. Don’t you love the feel of fresh sheets on the bed, cozy slippers or a warm drink in your hand? I love being comfortable, but through the years I find that comfort can trap me into complacency.

 As our firstborn has transitioned to college and is about 3 hours away. He is really missing the comforts of home. Home sickness takes on a new meaning in the middle of a pandemic. Meeting people is hard when you are wearing a mask, or attending class online and when social gatherings are forbidden. I keep reflecting on my freshman year in college—the student group recruitment events, finding someone to sit with in class and share notes with, getting to know the people down the hall or going to a football game. His experience is quite different.

 My heart breaks for those who long for the comforts of home. This scripture really called out to me as I was thinking about finding comfort. We all have doubts, especially those who are charting a new course and experiencing radical change whether through a move, beginning a new chapter in life or going through an unexpected journey. God reminds us that when doubts fill our minds, he is our comforter. He gives us renewal.

During this season of gratitude, may you find comfort in God’s love for you.

Our Prayer

God of comfort and peace, warm our souls with your presence. When we feel anxiousness due to the unpredictability of the world around us, soothe our nerves. Quiet our minds so we can be in communion with you. Lord thank you for being with us always, and for pulling us especially close in seasons of change and uncertainty. Amen.