I took a walk,
first in a week.
The streets have changed.
Fewer people.
They must all be
where I have been,
hunkered down at home.
Slowing down.
A darker life,
with less purpose.
Less and less life in their souls.

Oh Lord! Bring us back to life.


 A few weeks ago I sent you a piece called Waiting Patiently, which discussed Psalm 40. I won’t repeat the whole thing, but do want to remind you of some of it. David tells the story of how God brought him through a long dark period. He waited patiently, meaning he didn’t look inward at his anxiety. Instead he looked upward, trusting his Maker. This, like David, is what God encourages us to do right now.

 David said:

 I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.

Psalm 40:1-3a

God eventually lifted him out of the mucky mess that had earlier seemed impossible to escape from. In a remarkable way, God picked him up and set him on a solid rock—a safe place, a secure place. The life he thought he had forever lost returned. He breathed in the clean fresh air, feeling alive once more.

God was there for David. And today and he’s here for us.

But this is what I find most wonderful! God gave him a song to sing. A brand new song he had never sung before. He sang praises to his Lord.

Many will see and fear the Lord
and put their trust in him.
(vs 3b)

When our mucky mess is over, we too may be singing that New Song. Will you be ready?

In the meantime, I want to remind you that a new online faith based support group with Marja and Lynda is being formed. Please note that we have changed the name of the group to OUR NEW SONG. There is room for two or three more. Contact Lynda at laser1lynda@gmail.com