March 24, 2020

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!” vss. 1-2

None of us have ever endured times such as these! It’s a disaster, but there have been none of the usual accompanying signs: no earthquakes, explosions, fires, or winds. The enemy is unseen and subtle, there are scarcely any signs of its attack. Everything seems so normal, yet the entire globe has been adversely affected. Businesses are closing, travel is being curtailed, even worship services have been canceled. We’re being told to maintain “social distancing,” something we’ve never even heard of before. We can’t even visit our loved ones in care centers and hospitals. It’s hard to know how to behave—even the Psalmist never experienced anything like this! But he did know what it was like to feel alienated and isolated, and he knew from whence his hope would come. Out of the depths he cried to the Lord, and so do we. Separated physically from our faith communities we reach out by other means, doing whatever we can to lift spirits and provide assistance, and through us the Lord is acting to provide consolation and support. Our voices will be heard and we will not be conquered. Already we’ve seen people coming together in unexpected ways. These weeks will be our finest hour! In them we will experience God’s love as never before.

Thought for the Day: What is my deepest need in these days?