Read Psalm 31.9-16

Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress;

                my eye wastes away from grief, my soul and body also.

For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing;

                my strength fails because of my misery, and my bones waste away.

I am the scorn of all my adversaries, a horror to my neighbors,

                an object of dread to my acquaintances;

                those who see me in the street flee from me.

I have passed out of mind like one who is dead;

I have become like a broken vessel.

                For I hear the whispering of many– terror all around!—

                as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life.

But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.”

My times are in your hand;

                deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.

Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your steadfast love


From Rev. Jayne L. Chafin, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Ravenswood

Fear, terror, sorrow. I can certainly relate on some level to the words of the Psalmist after the last several months. All of this due to some health concerns. No one’s fault. It just is what it is.

How easy it would be to slip into despair. Sometimes I want the old “pity party”! The real or imagined whisperings, feeling forgotten. “But I trust in you, O Lord. I say, ‘You are my God.’”   That means so much in times of uncertainty, times of despair.

O Lord, you are my God! I trust you.

I know that you are with me in whatever life puts before me.

Your steadfast love shall save me and I will rejoice!

What joy! What grace! Thanks be to God!