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Rescue Me

2014-06-06 21.23.45

So much is going wrong Lord,
who can I turn to,
where can I go?

Will you rescue me,
save me,
protect me?

Where are you God?
I can’t find you.
You are lost in the pain,
the frustration,
the anger
that builds inside me.

Guide me Lord,
lead me,
help me find my way
to you.
There will be protection,
as I find you
and myself in you.

When I can see clearly,
I know that you help me,
I know that I can trust you.
I take my courage
and rest
in you.

Psalm 43  (CEV)

A Prayer in Times of Trouble

43 Show that I am right, God!
Defend me against everyone
    who doesn’t know you;
    rescue me from each
    of those deceitful liars.
I run to you
    for protection.
Why have you turned me away?
    Why must enemies mistreat me
    and make me sad?

Send your light and your truth
    to guide me.
Let them lead me to your house
    on your sacred mountain.
Then I will worship
at your altar
    because you
    make me joyful.
You are my God,
    and I will praise you.
    Yes, I will praise you
    as I play my harp.

Why am I discouraged?
Why am I restless?
    I trust you!
And I will praise you again
    because you help me,
    and you are my God.

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Don’t Be Afraid #adventbookclub – Day 26

Luke 2:10-12 (CEV)

10 But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid! I have good news for you, which will make everyone happy. 11 This very day in King David’s hometown a Savior was born for you. He is Christ the Lord. 12 You will know who he is, because you will find him dressed in baby clothes and lying on a bed of hay.”

“Don’t be afraid” the angel says to the shepherds.

Don’t be afraid that I’ve broken right into your life.
Don’t be afraid that there is light all around.
Don’t be afraid that I am speaking to you.

Don’t be afraid God is here.
Where you are.
In the reality of your life.
Coming to bring
Life
and Light
and Hope

Our idea of ‘holy’ is to protect God from anything unpleasant and unmentionable, yet Jesus’ idea of ‘holy’ is to bring the fresh air of heaven right into the dirtiest and messiest corners of our world (p119)

Nothing sums this up better than Maggi’s own words in this song:

Into the darkness of this world;
Into the shadows of the night;
Into this loveless place You came,
Lightened our burdens, eased our pain
And made these hearts Your home.
Into the darkness once again,
Oh come, Lord Jesus, come

Come with Your love
To make us whole.
Come with Your light
To lead us on.
Driving the darkness
Far from our souls.
O come, Lord Jesus, come.

Into the longing of our souls;
Into these heavy hearts of stone;
Shine on us now Your piercing light,
Order our lives and souls aright
By grace and love unknown.
Until in You our hearts unite,
Oh come, Lord Jesus, come.

Come with Your love…etc

O Holy Child, Emmanuel;
Hope of the ages, God with us,
Visit again this broken place,
Till all the earth declares Your praise,
And Your great mercies own.
Now let Your love be born in us,
O come, Lord Jesus, come.

Come with Your love…etc.

Come in Your glory
Take Your place.
Jesus, the Name above all names.
We long to see You face to face,
O come, Lord Jesus, come.

Words and Music by Maggi Dawn
Copyright 1993 Kingsway’s Thankyou Music

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Everything But…

Something missing in life?

When you get desperate for something, what do you do?  Trust God, or try to make things happen by yourself.

Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18

The Lord’s Promise to Abram

15 Later the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision, “Abram, don’t be afraid! I will protect you and reward you greatly.”

But Abram answered, “Lord All-Powerful, you have given me everything I could ask for, except children. And when I die, Eliezer of Damascus will get all I own. You have not given me any children, and this servant of mine will inherit everything.”

The Lord replied, “No, he won’t! You will have a son of your own, and everything you have will be his.” Then the Lord took Abram outside and said, “Look at the sky and see if you can count the stars. That’s how many descendants you will have.” Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord was pleased with him.

The Lord Makes Another Promise to Abram

The Lord said to Abram, “I brought you here from Ur in Chaldea, and I gave you this land.”

Abram asked, “Lord God, how can I know the land will be mine?”

Then the Lord told him, “Bring me a three-year-old cow, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a dove, and a young pigeon.”

10 Abram obeyed the Lord. Then he cut the animals in half and laid the two halves of each animal opposite each other on the ground. But he did not cut the doves and pigeons in half. 11 And when birds came down to eat the animals, Abram chased them away.

12 As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and everything became dark and frightening.

18 At that time the Lord made an agreement with Abram and told him:

I will give your descendants the land east of the Shihor River on the border of Egypt as far as the Euphrates River.

God promises Abram that he will protect and reward him.  He has no need to be afraid.

Yet, Abram is a bold as to tell God what is missing from his life.  How desperately he yearned for a child.

The pain of despair, of longing, of not knowing how life can be complete.

And God makes a promise.  The strange animal cutting in half, smoke and fire are part of God’s promise.  The land will not be going to some distant relative of Abram’s, but his very own son.  God’s promises are good.

The most intriguing part of Abram’s story to me is that despite this promise, Abram still could not believe it.  He didn’t trust in God to fulfil his promise, but worked to manipulate it all to happen when he thought God wasn’t working fast enough, or in the way he wanted.  Only a few verses later, Abram and Sarai make their own plan, that Sarai’s servant will bear him a child.

God promises, but they don’t trust him, and try to work things out themselves.

God doesn’t always promise us our hearts desire, but he does promise us we do not need to be afraid.  We can trust God.  We truly don’t have to try to manipulate things ourselves.  When Abram and Sarai did, things didn’t work out any better, in fact they made things much worse.

Trusting God is hard.  Especially when he doesn’t seem to be doing anything, when it seems he is not following through on the promises he has made.

But God does and he will – in his way and his time, but he can be relied on.  We don’t need to be afraid.

Lord,

sometimes it so hard,

things don’t seem to be going the way I think they should,

or at the speed I would like them to.

You know my heart’s desire,

the thing that tears me apart.

I don’t want to be afraid,

to be consumed by longing.

Lord,

may I trust you