Our power/electricity is still off (11:18 a.m.) since yesterday about 4:00 p.m. So I will be quick and short. We had 5 large branches from our big trees come down, fortunately all in the yard; one on our backyard shed, one on our play yard, one next to the house taking out our power lines, two more in the yard. But none on top of our house.
We are thankful and sense God’s protection in the midst of the storm and aftermath. My brother, who has been terribly ill and on a ventilator for 5.5 days woke up yesterday and is following instructions, talking and making sense. We are grateful to God for his healing power in my brother.
2020 is quite an unsettling year, Covid-19, protests, racial injustice, tornadoes, a derecho, hardship for the poor, rioting and looting, etc. etc. I texted some friends, “Hopefully we will all survive 2020 and see 2021.” I believe we will for God is our Rock, “To you, Lord, I call; you are my Rock, do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you remain silent, I will be like those who go down to the pit. 2 Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place” (vs. 1-2).
6 “Praise be to the Lord,
for he has heard my cry for mercy.
7 The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him.”
The Lord is our shepherd and will carry us forever as David writes in Psalm 28:9.
While my batteries are low and the power is not on yet, God’s power is always on and the Lord is with us always, our Shepherd and our Rock. Praise the Lord for all his mercies!
Prayer- Lord we give you thanks for your presence, grace, and everlasting love. Support the weak, the fainthearted, sustain the suffering and bring your wholeness, peace, justice, and goodness to us all and to all of our world. We make this prayer in the name of the Suffering Servant, Lord, and Christ, our Savior Jesus. Amen.