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Lenten Devotions from Fourth Presbyterian Church

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Today’s Scripture Reading | Psalm 130

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
   Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
   to the voice of my supplications!

If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
   Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you,
   so that you may be revered.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
   and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
   more than those who watch for the morning,
   more than those who watch for the morning.

O Israel, hope in the Lord!
   For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
   and with him is great power to redeem.
It is he who will redeem Israel
   from all its iniquities. (NRSV)

Reflection
Waiting is very difficult for me.

It’s even harder with apps and all the devices we are tethered to. When faced with an illness or job loss or a loved one who does not love you back, we often have to wait. “Hey Siri” or Amazon Prime cannot address these types of issues.

I often fill the silence while waiting with negativity and self-doubt, which only makes the waiting and issue at hand more challenging. I hope the next time I have to wait for something out of my control I channel the psalmist and turn to our Lord for comfort and support.

“Because faithful love is with the Lord; because great redemption is with the Lord”

Prayer

Dear gracious Lord, thank you for your love. Help us to extend it to our neighbors. Help us deal with uncertainty and waiting. Help us see your love and support as we wait for a test result or a call back for a second interview. Give us courage, wisdom, and faith to wait for answers to our many questions. Amen.

Written by Ranjan Daniels, Member of Fourth Presbyterian Church


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