A psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil,
for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
As we go through the sermon series “From Striving to Thriving” we encourage each and every one of you to be cognizant to the rhythm of your life. If your rhythm seems hectic and out of control, we pray that you will find a quiet space to sit alone, close your eyes, ask the Holy Spirit to encompass you, then breathe, deep and long, as if you are sucking in the spirit of God and exhaling all that is chaos, all that is confusion, all that is not of God. When our lives get out of God’s rhythm, we often do not take the time to reset ourselves, we just muscle on through, which leads to weariness and possibly the feeling of isolation. When we get overwhelmed with life our first instinct is to remove ourselves from as many activities and people as possible, retreat to our bed, turn off the phone and watch your favorite movie. And although this is a good recipe for a date night, it does not work so well when one is feeling overwhelmed and alone.
We, as humans, are innately designed to be deeply connected to others. It is through this connection, not the rejection of it, which we can breathe deep, reset ourselves and return to the rhythm that God has planned for our lives. A rhythm of taking the time to do important things, like calling a friend or co-worker that you have not talked to in years, sharing a meal with family, friends or co-workers and when we say sharing, this means not in front of a TV or with a phone in one hand and a fork in the other. Sharing means just that, sharing time, sharing talking and sharing listening with all your mind, body and soul. These are the remedies that heal the weary soul, which jars the pulses that are out of whack in our lives into a cohesive connected life giving and life living rhythm.
Feeling stressed? Find a quiet place and breathe. Feeling alone and lost? God tells us in the above Psalm that he has already set a table for you and on that table is life giving nourishment of bread and wine, but we are not designed or desired to dine on this alone, but in fellowship and connection with others.
Pastor Scott and Pastor Jenny
Prayers for all of those who are grieving
Prayers for all the women in the world who give life and healing to us all.
Prayers for all of the graduates, for safety and guidance.