Psalm 46.10:

“Be still and know that I am God!

I will be honored by every nation

  I will be honored throughout the world.”

Lent is a season of reflection and preparation.  Boy, do we need this opportunity after the last 12 months.  This verse is often a mainstay that I use to help calm my soul.  With all the chaos, anxiety, fear and uncertainty that has abound, this verse has gotten a workout! During this time, it has been easy to become overwhelmed and give into our emotions.  We try to fix things or imagine how things will change.  We feed our fears and anxiety when we feel the loss of control.  I especially do this when I can’t get together with family, I hear of a dear friend who is hospitalized, lost their job, lost a loved one, we are advised to not leave our home except for necessities, and we can’t go to church for reassurance.  So we get lost and then God gives us his reassurance and promise.  If we are still and know our God, we honor Him.  Just being quiet in the storms of 2020, we have peace.  So let’s try and take a moment as we prepare and reflect during Lent to be still and know God.

Let us pray:

Dear God, may we find refuge and strength in the stillness of remembering that you are God. I invite you to work through me each day to show others Your love and peace by my words and actions.  Thank you for Lent and the gift and reassurance of life everlasting that Easter brings.  In Jesus name we pray.  Amen.

Mary Byrd