Saint Mark Daily Lenten Devotional – February 19, 2015
by Mary Abbott Waite
Scripture: “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage. Wait for the Lord. Psalm 27: 14
These are the closing lines of the psalm that begins with the familiar lines, “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?” As the psalm continues in this vein, the psalmist seems to have great confidence in God’s unconditional support. But as verse follows verse, do I detect a little bravado in the tone?
Yes, it is not long before the poet is begging, “Do not forsake me, O God of my salvation.” Most of us, I think, can identify with the poet’s faith and fears. When things are going well in our lives, we have confidence that God’s love surrounds and supports us. But then come the hard times – job difficulties, job loss, breakup of a relationship, a serious diagnosis, or the death of a loved one to name just a few examples.
Fear and loss threaten to take over. God seems far away just when we need faith most. Despondency starts creeping in. At such times, I have to remind myself to stop. Just stop and wait. Let go the busyness of trying to deal with the bad stuff. In the stillness, in the waiting, in the openness to light, the peace of God can come, bringing the courage to go forward. So often, God’s peace arrives through the voices, hugs, and actions of friends and our faith family. What wonderful light this brings.
Prayer: Merciful God, we wait for you. Bring us your peace and love and help us to share it with others. Amen.