Good morning, friends of St. Columba’s Hatfield, last Wednesday, I used the text from the book of Hebrews and thought I’d do the same for this week.
Hebrews 10: 22-23 (CEV)
22 So let’s come near God with pure hearts and a confidence that comes from having faith. Let’s keep our hearts pure, our consciences free from evil, and our bodies washed with clean water. 23 We must hold tightly to the hope that we say is ours. After all, we can trust the one who made the agreement with us.
Here the unknown writer reminds the faithful:
1 The Lord is always faithful. God has shown us how much he loves us in Christ. Salvation is a gift of God. God’s Holy Spirit is also a gift to us. The Spirit stays close to us like a midday shadow. God meets our need. God is good; God is faithful. God has made us his friends.
2 God is steadfast, loyal, true, and never-failing or forsaking us. People sin against us; but God is always, truly our friend. When life seems hardest, there we know our Friend carries us through every storm.
3 You can rely on God’s never-ending faithfulness. God’s promises are sure, and his purposes are true. God is our shield and defender, our rock and refuge in the storm.
4 So never give up on your hope. We trust in the one who has shown his love and mercy. He has shown it in Christ. St. Paul speaks of “hoping against hope”, even when things look bleak. We know the hope we have; let’s keep standing on the promises of God.
The days are hard on us all. We are forced to do things we haven’t done before; we seem to be facing a wall of death; a health crisis our generation hasn’t had to face; and poverty presses us from every side. People have often become hard, impatient, and uncaring.
We have the power to make things softer, to hit the pause, and to be kinder. Kindness will see us through.
Lord, I hold onto you and your unbreakable faithfulness. I will not be swayed to the left or to the right, but I will hold tightly onto your faithfulness promises. You are God. You are a light in the darkness. You are a soft nest in a hard world. You are a refuge in the eye of the storm. Amen.