November 20

November 20, 2020
by Pastor Jim Cords 
As we move toward Thanksgiving and make the adjustments COVID seems to demand, I want to invite you to take a moment with me to complain… to lament… to cry out.

Now don’t get me wrong, I think the call to be thankful is fundamentally great. It is important and good, probably even desperately needed. Actually what I am seeking to do here is to free us to authentically give thanks by first acknowledging our feelings of sorrow and frustration so that we can lay them at the feet of our Savior.

O Lord, don’t rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your rage. 2 Have compassion on me, Lord,

for I am weak. Heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony. 3 I am sick at heart. How long, O Lord, until you restore me?

4 Return, O Lord, and rescue me. Save me because of your unfailing love. 5 For the dead do not remember you. Who can praise you from the grave?

6 I am worn out from sobbing. All night I flood my bed with weeping, drenching it with my tears. 7 My vision is blurred by grief; my eyes are worn out because of all my enemies.

8 Go away, all you who do evil, for the Lord has heard my weeping. 9 The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord will answer my prayer.

10 May all my enemies be disgraced and terrified. May they suddenly turn back in shame. –Psalm 6

Grace, Christ, and God’s work form the basic content of the gospel. They are our hope, when we, by faith lay hold of God’s grace. This grace is revealed in Jesus and frees us to praise God’s work of salvation and provision. Ultimately trials draw the psalmist (and us) back to God in meditation and prayer so that we rest totally on God’s provision.

So rather than denying or “stuffing” our frustrations and disappointments, let’s give ourselves a moment (or two) to cry out to God, perhaps even shed a tear. Then, after a moment, turn our hearts to praise, our voices to words of gratitude, and our hands to serve and lift up those in our midst.

God is faithful to hear us. God is faithful to respond. God has us in his loving embrace. God is good, all the time. Even this time and the next.

May our Lord lift you from sadness to praise and from disappointment to joyful surprise.


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