Sometimes when the world seems so bleak, it’s hard to get out of bed and get on with our day. At least, it is for me. Life is hard enough when everything is normal, let alone when it feels like everything in our world is falling apart. When I got up this morning, I opened the back door to let my dogs outside and immediately, I heard the birds chirping. I realized that for them, everything seems wonderful! For them, everything is as usual!
In the congregation that I serve, our context is downtown, and we see a lot of homelessness. When I heard those birds chirping this morning, I suddenly felt ashamed because I know folks who did not even have a bed to get out of this morning. I have names that go with the faces that I see every day walking the streets and that show up in my prayers. And, because of the pandemic, many of the programs for the homeless have had to shut down. It has become much harder for them to find shelter and food.
In Psalm 104:1-13, the psalmist states, “You set the earth on its foundations, so that it shall never be shaken…” (v.5). The current problem right now is that maybe for the first time in a long time, we realize our lives are completely out of control! At the end of the day, we have no control of our destiny, what tomorrow may hold for us, or how in the world will we ever be able to recover from the situation that we currently find ourselves?
I cannot sugar-coat the situation of our country, the world, or even our communities. But, I do believe with all my heart that our God will take care of us. If you have a bed to get out of in the morning, then you are already way ahead of this game, we call life. If you have something to eat today, then you are blessed above many who do not. If you believe in Jesus, then you know that our future is safe and secure no matter what will happen tomorrow.
Let us pray…”O Lord my God, you are very great. You are clothed with honor and majesty, wrapped in light a with a garment. You stretch out the heavens like a tent, you set the beams of your chambers on the waters” (Psalm 104:1-3). Help us to remember how great and wonderful you are. Please be with those who are so sad, who are hungry, and who do not have a bed to get of in the mornings. Lead our communities, our country, and the world into healing. We love you Lord God. Amen.