July 22

Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace – in peace because they trust in you.  Isaiah 26:3

We want each one of you to show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope to the very end.  Hebrews 6:11

“Steadfast”, “diligence”, words which suggest to me strength, responsibility, faithfulness persistence, tenaciousness.  Words which describe characteristics found in many Christians.  In fact, characteristics which are helpful as we weather the storms of life and cling to our assurances of hope.  Oh, and trust, perhaps the most important characteristic of all.

In worship on Sunday, we became immersed both mentally and emotionally in stormy weather.  Pastor Rory, aided by visuals, talked of storms which threaten our safety.

On a blank canvas there soon appeared black clouds, raindrops, lightning, and other reminders of blustery, squally weather.  But in the midst of these dark images, there also appeared a cross and a sun spreading its rays on this small world.

We Minnesotans are used to thunderstorms, driving rain, hailstones,even tornados.  Buy we also know that eventually, the sun will come out again.  So it is with the stormy times in our inner lives.  We can call on our God who will sustain us, encourage us, comfort us and make our lives sunny again. No one says it”s easy.

Our Lord who suffered mightily for us knows that.  Thus He is able to help us if we ask and trust in his immortal goodness.

Faithful God, we falter and stumble under heavy loads sometimes. Like the earth, we dry up and need the wetness of the rain and the warmth of the sun to make us healthy and whole again.  Thank you for giving us hope, help us always to trust in your promises.  Amen

Joan Perlich