By Riverwood Elder Matt Townsley

 

Last week, we reflected on Psalm 118:1-4.

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!
Let Israel say,
“His steadfast love endures forever.”
Let the house of Aaron say,
“His steadfast love endures forever.”
Let those who fear the Lord say,
“His steadfast love endures forever.” (ESV)

The first verse in which the author (likely King David) sings praises to God for his love that endures forever.  And in the next verses, the author suggests who ought to be singing these praises: an entire nation (Israel), the priests (house of Aaron) and anyone else (those who fear the Lord) which includes you and me!  Yet, when riots, protests, a pandemic and so many other crazy things are happening around us, life can seem so bleak.

First, a reminder:
How are you doing in the summer giving thanks challenge?  In case you missed last week’s email, here’s a quick recap based upon the theme from Psalm 118:1-4

Beginning June 1 and ending July 31, send a text or email to someone who will keep you accountable (and guys, if you need a partner, my contact information is below).

In that simple daily message, note two things: 1)a truth about God to give thanks, and 2)something else for which you’re thankful.

Finally, I think it is important for us all to reflect upon current events taking over the news headlines.  Regardless of your perspectives on the problem or solution, I hope we can all agree to pray.

2 Chronicles 7:14 says:
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Will you pray with me?
In hearing from our ministry partner, Patrick Ray, in North Minneapolis, many of our brothers and sisters in Christ have the potential to be in harm’s way right now. As followers of Jesus, we know that God is the ultimate healer.  May each of us humble ourselves, seek His face, and pray that He will heal our land.