While in God's Grip!
I will sing of your steadfast love, O LORD, forever;
with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.
I declare that your steadfast love is established forever;
your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.
~ Psalm 89:1 - 2
Years ago Thomas Merton wrote this prayer that I have shared this morning. I keep a copy of it in my wallet. It is worn and is one that I have often prayed. Following in the footsteps of Christ sometimes means that we walk by faith, not by sight. Faith is a choice. It's a choice to trust in God even when the road ahead of us is uncertain.
We don't always know what that might mean.
Yesterday afternoon I was blessed to join three close friends in the hospital. One of them had a sister in the hospital that had spent years dealing with a genetic disorder that had effected her heart. She had traveled to Houston to have surgery by one of the finest doctors in the field. The surgery seemed to be successful, but complications made it impossible for to get well, and the doctors gathered and realized that they had exhausted every opportunity.
While I am a firm believer that God works best when the odds are the worst, the reality was, she had fought the good fight, and this one would result in God having the victory.
It's not easy walking in uncertain steps, but one thing is certain, we never walk alone.
As we held hands and prayed, encircling the sister of my friend, with her mother present, we began to lift our voices in song as the room became silent as machines were stilled.
While the stillness of waters is where we often think that God leads, stillness also comes in the quieting of our surroundings. Listening as her heartbeats calmed, the room embraced silence, and the journey that day found us faithful, and present for one another.
We may not know where we are being lead this day, but trusting that God knows us, loves us, and is by our side, helps us as we consider the day ahead.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Dear Lord, lead me.... Amen.
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.