HopeNew Every Morning | January 17, 2021
The people of Israel modeled for us a way that leads to hope. They grumbled and complained in the wilderness, but the Holy One gave them what they needed to survive. The psalmists cry out in despair and, in the next breath, praise God’s faithfulness. (See Psalm 22.) God continues to promise, “I know the plans I have for you . . . plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope” (Jer. 29:11).
—Beth A. Richardson, Walking in the Wilderness: Seeking God During Lent (Upper Room Books, 2020)
What praise could you offer today that might remind you to hope in God? Join the conversation.
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
and by night, but find no rest.
Yet you are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel.
—Psalm 22:2-3 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
O God, help me walk through the wilderness of these days remembering who I am and whose I am. Amen.
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From everlasting to everlasting God is always there, Before our time and long after. Thank You, Lord. Prayers for healing, good health, well-being, safety and the salvation of everyone on this Lord’s Day.
Father God, Creator of all things, Sustainer of all things, Benevolent Provider of all things, Merciful and Righteous – we praise You today and always. Father – Your faithfulness is evident and abounding – we declare Your greatness. Father God – Your providence is sure – may we trust You for what is needed for today and concern ourselves with what is right in front of us. Father – You make our paths straight, You take our burdens on as Your own, You lift us up.
May we be ever mindful to over You a sacrifice of praise.
I ask God, in my prayers for others and when I pray for myself, to make us aware of God’s presence. My hope is in that God is with us always, even when it feels like God is far away. God promised that God’s plans for us are for good and not evil, that God will give us a hope and a future. Great is Your faithfulness, Lord. I cling to this. I am sleeping better, but I need to stay on a regular schedule. Since I left my job, I have been staying up too late. David reports his depression is much better. He still deals with mobility issues. This is frustrating for him. We covet your prayers. Praying for all who visit here and for peace and unity in the church, in these United States, in our world. Praying especially for a peaceful transfer of power next week. Amen.
Great is thy faithfulness – we praise You oh Lord – our only hope is in You. Thank you for leading us and guiding us as only You can do. Help us to continue to follow Your path and to trust in you always. Thanks be to You our one true hope. We cling to you