Reflections: We have a lot of encouragement in the Scriptures. In times of disasters such as bushfires and floods, we may turn to passages such as from the Prophet Isaiah for comfort. At the same time, we wonder at such promises when we see the devastation of floods and fires which afflict people regardless of their faith. We have seen people and places flooded and burnt, but at the same time know the truth of God’s Word. We know that God’s people throughout time have had the same experience. Faith is not a force-field which holds the ills and suffering of life at bay. We may not fully comprehend the full meaning of such promises, nor why there has to be such awful happenings in the world, but we can know that whilst our spirits may get singed sometimes and the light of our faith threatened to be drowned by the hardships of life, God is faithful and will bring us through. When we place our trust in God through the Spirit and in Christ, our saviour, we can find and have hope. This love of God will bring us through all things, even though it might involve time and struggles. May we know that God is with us and is able to fill our lives and living in ways which help us recover after suffering.
God with us,
It is you in whom we put our faith.
Who else could we turn to in times of desperation and devastation?
Who else can we truly seek to bring us through times of hardship and suffering?
Who else can bring us through grief and loss?
Your promises are true and we hold them in our hearts.
Sometimes we struggle in our minds to understand their meaning,
And it can be a challenge to our faith when things don’t go the way we expect them to and we have to endure suffering and trials,
But we know that you have never stepped away from us,
In your deep compassion, as Christ, you have lived through pain and persecution,
You have even endured death to bring us resurrection, redemption and hope.
In your love, bring us through the worst of life,
Through its flames and floods.
Enfold us in communion as your people,
That we might not only receive help and support when we need,
But embody it for others as we seek to be your Church,
As we give of ourselves,
Just as you give of yourself.
This we honestly seek to pray.