Saint Mark Daily Advent Devotional – December 18, 2014

by Mike Smith

Scripture: Psalm 62:7

Refugees are everywhere in the news today-from Central American children seeking refuge in the US to Syrians seeking refuge in Turkey.  Hundreds of thousands of people have sought refuge in recent days.  When they arrive at their destinations, they have nothing to eat or drink, nowhere to sleep or to be out of the sun and the rain, no money, and no jobs.  So why do they come?  Because, they are seeking refuge-a place where they are safe from danger or trouble, perhaps a place that could provide a better life, a sanctuary, a sanctum–a holy place.

So many people are seeking refuge today, a place of safety and protection from the dangers of the world-drugs, depression, the lure of money and power, homelessness, loneliness, hopelessness, financial insecurity, loss, death of a loved one, etc.  Where can we find a safe and holy place where we can be safe, a harbor until the storm passes by?

The psalmist reminds us that our refuge is in God.  We shouldn’t turn to God ONLY in time of trouble of course, but in troubled and dangerous times, God is our strength.  Oh, that I would remember that!  When we seek God in prayer, when we listen for God’s voice in music or the voice of a friend or in just being quiet and still, when we share ourselves with God’s people, we can find protection, comfort, and peace. Then, though “the mountains shake in the depths of the sea, though the oceans roar and foam, we will not fear.”

Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gifts.  He is our refuge and strength!

Prayer: God, Help us to seek refuge in you, especially in times of trouble. Amen.

Saint Mark United Methodist Church


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