So far, 2020 has been a troubling year on so many fronts. Both globally, locally and personally, there have been events and incidents that at times can seem overwhelming as we are confronted with a global crisis or acts of neglect, violence and the loss of loved ones. It is in such times we need to continue to look to Jesus as our source of purpose, comfort and strength and to guide our responses to all that is happening around us.
When my circumstances appear all-consuming, I know that in the midst of this struggle, Jesus is always present to provide all I need if I continue to set my eyes and trust in Him. Faith in Christ does not necessarily remove the trouble, but provides a place of security, healing and purpose in the midst of the turmoil.
Recently I read Psalm 63 which I found to be a wonderful prayer and encouragement;
"O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me." Psalm 63:1-8
It is a blessing to belong to the Emmaus Community. To be united in purpose and faith is something we should never take for granted. The faith shown by the parent body to the College to provide quality learning and pastoral care for their children as we navigate our way through this pandemic, has been a great encouragement to all staff.
My prayer for our community is that each of us will continue to set our eyes on Jesus, to know that his steadfast love is better than life. To cling to Christ as he is our refuge and our strength and shelter in his wings.
May we in return, by the power of the Holy Spirit, be like Christ to those who are hurting, grieving, confused or living in fear. That all may come to know the steadfast love of God.