Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Hold to One Center

The human spirit is the lamp of the Lord, searching every inmost part.
—Proverbs 20:27-28
Though in the past you made me see
much trouble and distress,
you will revive and raise me up
from earth's enclosing depths
—Psalm 71:20
Suggested tune (Serenity):
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.
—John 14:1
What is to be our resource in troubled hours? Our Lord calls us to hold to one Center, and to one only. If we get away from that Center everything else will be erratic and eccentric. If we abide there everything will take its appropriate place. 'Believe in God, believe also in me!' We are to trust the Father as unveiled to us in Jesus Christ his Son. We are to fling ourselves, with all our weight of care and sorrow, upon his loyal and loving strength. We are to hold there—nay, to rest there—and the troubled incidents will begin to arrange themselves in divinely purposed ranks. If Christ be lifted up he will draw even these convulsive happenings into destined and friendly order. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
—John Henry Jowett
Lord Jesus Christ, I bring to you in prayer people who are suffering in mind or spirit. I remember especially those facing long and incurable illness, those cast down by the cares, and sorrows of daily life; those who have lost their faith and for whom the future is bleak. In your mercy maintain their courage, lift their burdens and renew their faith, that they may find in you their strength, their comfort, and their peace. Amen.
—Frank Colquhoun (alt.)

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