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How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I take counsel in my soul
and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
3 Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
4 lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.
5 But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
6 I will sing to the Lord,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.
A Psalm of David. David doesn't just record the history of the Scriptures or the music, the Psalms record the nature of God. Not just people observing the attributes of the Lord; people who pray and complain to the Most High. A record of hope placed in the hands of Abba.
Today I had the good fortune to go into the city with my Church group who work on the needlepoint kneelers - we are the ladies in the Church who like to work with our hands. We went to see art created by women for one of the larger city Churches.
Our time together today - it was the Good News:
Is there a website for a place to record the blessings of life? There are websites to complain.....
One of the ladies told about being invited to a wedding for a woman who has donated her time helping others put their longed-to-publish manuscripts in the proper format. The bride is 40, scholarly, a published writer, very Christian and has never worried much about romance. Last year, she met the love of her life. It was a first wedding for both bride and groom in their 40s. My friend wept with joy to see her friend wear a crown on her head, in her beautiful, white wedding gown. She is a child of the King. The groom was a one of the most joyful ever seen. If you've read the news, you know a woman over the age of 30 has a greater chance of being struck by lightning than married. Yet this won't be in the papers.
More good news, another life blessing - a minister's wife without life insurance was found to have a malignant, aggressive cancer. People rushed to find, & found, where she could be treated in the public system, for people without insurance. She received excellent care. The nurses who were Christian always went out of their way for her. She has 16 friends, she calls her "Sweet 16". Each day one of the group would bring her a card, or a Starbucks coffee & a visit, a Luby's card for her husband, food for him honoring his diabetic diet, but each day one of the friends filled a basket on her back porch for a good part of that year. She is in remission, waiting to hear she is completely healed. To hear her tell about her cancer, what she says instead is the outpouring of love and care.
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
We all have times in our lives where we are shaken. Times when we are lonely. In the Lord, in His good time, we are healed.
The steps of a man are established by the Lord,when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand
Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry.
2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.