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A message from our pastor
But me? I will sing of your strength!
In the morning I will shout our loud about your faithful love
because you have been my stronghold,
my shelter when I was distraught.
I will sing praises to you, my strength,
because God Is my stronghold, my loving God.
Psalm 59:16-17 (Common English Bible)
January 12, 2020
Dear Church Family and Friends,
Perhaps you have seen quips such as:
"My 7 day trial period is up for 2021 and I no longer wish to subscribe."
After the year we had been through in 2020, I imagine most of us were looking forward to a new year with hopeful minds and souls. And now, how many of us feel as if the "rug" of hope has been pulled out from under us? How many of us have made our complaints known to God, asking, "why"? Or perhaps asking "how long will this go on?".
Can I tell you something? That is normal. God's children have been doing that for centuries. The Psalms are loaded with complaints, which are actually prayers to God - people wanting life to be different. Asking God why there is suffering. They are people tired of wars, people who have been victims of violence, prejudice, greed and homelessness.
As we continue to read on in the Psalms, we see people moving from despair to hope, and from hope to thanksgiving.
Take a look at Psalm 59. Psalm 59 is referencing threats to David's life. In it we have a petition, a complaint, and a refrain, which is then followed by further complaints with each section ending with an assurance which references God as a "loving God."
Like the people in David's time, we wouldn't lament about a situation were it not for the fact we know God, and we know what God ultimately desires for the Kingdom on earth. We lament because we know we have strayed, or have seen evil in our midst. And that is a reminder to all of us that we are still connected to God! Otherwise, we'd not feel the sorrow or defeat.
Make you complaints and petitions known before God. And then I invite you to end them with verses 16-17 of Psalm 59. God gives us the strength to go through the trials of our lives when we invite (and let) God into them. Let us hold fast to the promised made known to us through Jesus Christ that as believers we have hope. And let us be the light that shines in the darkness so others may come to know the love of our God. Love conquers hate. May we be the vessel of love to all God's children. God is our strength!
Blessings and peace,
ROBINSON ELMWOOD UNITED CHURCH
126 South Terry Road, Syracuse, NY 13219
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