A Day to Remember

I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. – (Psalm 121:1-2, NIV)

I look up to the hills, but where will my help really come from? My help will come from the Lord, the Creator of heaven and earth. – (Psalm 121:1-2, ERV)

I look up at the vast size of the mountains – from where will my help come in times of trouble? The Eternal Creator of heaven and earth and these mountains will send the help I need. – (Psalm 121:1-2, VOICE)

 

It is impossible to begin today without taking pause to reflect on the events that transpired on this date, nearly two decades ago. The shock and horror of the tragic losses, are forever etched in images in my mind. However, in the midst of such devastation, people came together and helped one another, in ways that have seldom been matched since. Stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things to help and provide for those around them, brought great light in the midst of so much darkness. When I see such dissent in our current culture, and the ensuing animosity that follows, I have to take pause and remember to lift my eyes to the One who can be the help and the peace that is present, and trust Him to bring change, beginning with me. May we look to the Lord to be our help and our hope, as we extend the light that we long to see in the world.

 

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Let us never forget;

All the loss that took place,

Sorrow’s sea of regrets.

Lives tragically taken,

Families left alone;

To pick up the pieces,

Acts of terror had sown.

The nation chose rally,

Stand together, unite;

Support one another,

Rise and do what was right.

May we capture the heart,

That came from tragedy;

Choose to love others well,

Agree to disagree.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are our help who we can always look to, no matter what we face. Thank You for the countless ways that You made Your heart known through the kindness of people on that fateful day, years ago. Thank You that we saw the best in people in the worst of times. Forgive us for forgetting that there is good in the world. Teach us to go forth and be the example that we long to see. Show us how to love those around us in a way that spreads Your light and life and hope. May many come in a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we look to You and go forth in love. Amen.

 

© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

 

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. – John 13:34

Trust – No Matter What

The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him. – (Nahum 1:7)

This verse of promised hope is found in the midst of Nahum’s pronouncement of God’s judgment on Assyria. Despite His despair over the sinfulness of the people who only a century prior, had repented (see story of Jonah), the Lord still assured those who chose Him, that He would be their refuge and care for them. He is indeed good. May we be among those who choose to trust in Him; knowing His goodness and grace, as we receive His care and count on Him to be our refuge when trouble comes.

 

Trust in the Lord,Trust No Matter What
no matter what comes;
He’ll care for us,
’til our days are done.
For He is good,
refuge in the storms;
He’ll remain close,
protection from harm.
Even when hurts,
come and enter in;
He’ll heal our wounds,
restore us again.
Lord, all our trust,
we give unto You;
may we follow,
all You ask us to.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are good. Thank You that You are our refuge in times of trouble, and that You care for those who place their trust in You. Thank You that when we seek You, we find You, and our faith and trust is grown by Your grace. Forgive us for our lack of trust when trouble comes, and help us hold fast to You, who will never leave us nor forsake us. May we love others with the same unrelenting goodness and grace that You grant unto us, and may many come to know You as a result. Be glorified as we go forth trusting You in all that we say and do. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

Shout aloud and sing for joy. – Isaiah 12:6

Peace in the Press

“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them from their distress.” – Psalm 107:6,13,19,28

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Four times in the same chapter, the very same words appear again and again.  When something is repeated in scripture, I find that I am meant to take notice.  First and foremost, I notice that in times of trouble, we are to cry out to our Creator.  Fortunately, this has been fairly forthright, and is almost automatic when times of trouble travel my way.  My big “ah-ha” comes in the second half of the verse, “and He delivered them from their distress.”  Trouble, to me, is the actual situation or scenario that is causing distress.  It does not say He will take away our trouble, rather it says, “He delivered them from their distress.”  He will take the punch out of the panic and provide His peace in the press.

He does not promise a trouble-free life, in fact, the Bible tells us that we will have trouble, but we will always have His presence to provide peace.  “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33 

Not only does He promise to be present and provide peace, but He will also use our tests, and turn them into testimonies.  He ultimately uses all things for good for those who earnestly seek Him.  “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that when we cry out to You in our times of trouble, Your permanent presence will provide peace, even in the middle of the press.  Teach us to trust and turn to You, be it in times of trouble, or in peace.  May we be ever willing to wait on You when the waves are crashing all around, and may our every test become a testimony that gives all glory to You.  Great is Your faithfulness forever!  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present