Sermon, Sunday August 31, 2014

Lord, be with those aching today in ways no one knows.

Let them feel it, Your presence gently touching the aloneness that has barnacled itself to hidden places, Your words so close they feel the warmth of You on their face: “I am for you. I won’t let you go. I’ll show up & take care of you as I promised… I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” (Jer.29:11MSG, Ex. 36:9, Deu31:6)

Let the weary who need to hear You, feel it today in the tiredness of their bones — the leeching loneliness falling straight away and the gentle strength of comforting arms drawing them up and into that resting embrace of grace.

In the name of the only One who has ever loved us to death & back to the realest & forever life, In Gentle Jesus’ name, Amen.

(Ann Voscamp)


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