“Be still and know that I am God. I am exalted among the nations;
I am exalted among the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.” (Psalm 46)
It’s hard to believe that another holiday season is just around the corner! Soon we will be “gathering together” to celebrate Thanksgiving. As I take a moment to reflect back, I become aware of how many blessings God has brought to me over the years. As John Newton’s famous hymn lifts up so beautifully, “Tis grace that has brought of safe thus far and grace will lead me home.” When we take time to reflect on our blessings, we see that the “Lord of hosts is with us”!
We begin this month with Communion of Saints Sunday. I think of those who are now with God, who blessed me while I had the opportunity to walk with them. I think of how God shaped my life through them and the examples of faith they were to me as they walked into the valley of the shadows. They do leave a hole in our lives. On Sunday, November 3, we will have one special service at 10:00 a.m. to celebrate the lives of those who traveled to the Church Triumphant this year and support their grieving families. After the service, we will be have a lunch in the Fellowship Hall. A great opportunity to share with their families and give thanks for the blessings we have all received. I hope that you will join us!
When we take time to reflect, we see that God IS with us! We have nothing to fear and we have a great deal to be thankful for. This is the essence of faith. A deep abiding faith comes from seeing the acts of God in our lives and knowing God’s presence with us! In that assurance we realize that no matter what situations come; even if the “mountains shake in the heart of the sea” our souls can be at peace because God is with us. The God, who has blessed us in the past, does and will continue to bless in the future; we can find a peace, a stillness; we know.
What has God given to you this year? Maybe God has given you a new member of the family, a reconciled relationship, a new friend, or a new direction in life. Maybe God has given you the strength to pass through a difficult time. This Psalmist of great faith calls us to “be still and know.” Our faith strengthens every time we do.