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Praise For God’s Faithfullness

The first three verses, the psalmist calls the redeemed to praise God. Throughout the

forty-three verses, many are beset by troubles. While circumstances differ for each, all share

the same experience as they cry out to God in their need, He hears and answers. Perhaps as

caretakers, we cannot yet ‘see’ our way to a safe harbor. We cannot direct the wind, but we

can adjust the sails, by surrendering to God’s love, care, and hope.

In our humanity, we often resist submitting, choosing not to learn about ourselves. God

is always at our side, but do we believe this? In this new year, what do you want God to do for

you? Joan Chittister recommends, “Go into a cell and all will teach you everything. You learn

answers from within yourself. You ask yourself questions and get to know yourself for you are

the one with answers. Once you figure out who you really are, then and only then, will you be

at peace. In return, you are creating a more peaceable world.”

Are we willing to look at the patterns, themes and threads that have held our entire

lifespan together? Insights can provide us with new ways of seeing the ebb and flow of our

lives. The benefit of taking stock is that the Holy Spirit gives us the energy to get through many

days when all has looked glum. As we look through the light of the Lord, we can be alive with

new possibilities, hope, love, and peace.

We are comforted by the word in 1 Corinthians 10:13, “No trial has come to you but

what is human. God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the

trial He will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it.” May our praise and

focus be on God who is faithful to His word and always responds to us. It may not work out our

way or on our timetable, but it will happen God’s way. Prayer opens the door for God to work.

Those who pray deeply and regularly come to know both the mind of God and the obstacles in

their own hearts.

Perhaps an obstacle might be feeling guilt and resentment when or if as a caregiver you

fret that you are not doing all you might do or when one feels that they are not being

appreciated. If you have this sense, hold on to Romans 8:31, “What then shall we say to this? If

God is for us, who can be against us?” Remember as a human being, we are limited, and

change requires a choice. Whether in brilliant light, deep darkness or seeming absence, God

remains faithful. May we be people of ceaseless hope seeking God’s light to guide us. As you

keep your eyes on the Lord, can you believe you will get to the safe harbor?

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