Tuesday, April 7th, 2020
“Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine.”
Dear friends, I am once again touched by the power of God speaking to me and the world when we most need it. Rev. Sam with the power of the Holy Spirit has opened up our hearts and minds to the struggles of this life. Rev. Sam did not know when she wrote today’s devotional just how it would feel so personal and piercing as COVID-19 ravages its way around the globe. People all over the world are experiencing vulnerabilities off the chart, with fear and grief at the top of the list. The scripture verses for today tells us that Jesus’ soul was troubled. But Jesus did not pray to be saved from the hour (his death), no Jesus prayed that his Father would be glorified. Jesus wanted to fulfill the Will of God, and God answered Jesus in verse 28 of John chapter 12,”…Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”
Jesus is with us during these troubling times of COVID-19, feelings of the unknown, unable to be with family and friends is causing great stress. People are missing their friends and loved ones, worse yet of those individuals hospitalized they too are alone because of risk factors for them and visitors. Alone, is a misrepresentation because God is always with us. This virus is highly contagious and leaves much destruction in it wake. The guidelines to stay in is as much for your own safety and protection as it is for others. Please try to abide by the guidelines set up for you in your particular areas. Doing so will lessen the spread to you and others not to mention the possible loss of life. Please be mindful that some people are required to put themselves in harms way in order to provide needed care and services for those infected by the virus.
Words from Rev. Sam, “I find these vulnerable feelings from Jesus comforting. Jesus understands and stands with us as we face situations that cause us to deeply question whether we have the strength or courage to get through them. Jesus knows what it feels like to not want to walk through the valley of the shadow of death.” *Or in our current situation stay in and let the shadow of death/evil pass by.
My prayer for you,
“Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.” ~Philippians 4:6-9
Practice: Read Psalm 23
ειρήνη – “Peace” in Greek, reference listed below.