Pastor's Ponderings and Stuff
Heartland Shared Ministries
September 2019 Newsletter

Edgar, Nebraska

 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved; God will help it when the morning dawns.“Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.” The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. 

Psalm 46:1-3, 5, 10-11 NRSV

             Life is so full of emotional and physical ups and downs.  The ups and downs can be personal, relational, communal and global.  It seems like chaos reigns, bad news comes at us at every turn.  The weight on the heart and shoulders seems to be so heavy. The “storms” keep coming.

          In the midst of all of it, we may be tempted to question God’s presence, God’s love, God’s grace, God.  We are human and its ok to have those thoughts, those feelings.  But in the midst of the tumults, in the midst of our mountains shaking, God does not abandon us.  God is with us.

          As it states in Psalm 46, God is our refuge and strength.  God is with us, Emmanuel!  God is our rock.  It is God that is helping us through all the moments of life and death.  God will not be moved!  God is our help! 

          We have a God that knows what we go through as humans.  God has gone through it!  God knows the ups and downs of life.  God knows death.  God knows storms.  God knows life.  Jesus lived through all of the ups and downs of life and the agony of death.  Jesus knows the feeling of being abandoned by God and people.  Jesus understands!

          Life is difficult. Death is hard.  The darkness seems so overwhelming at times.  In the midst of all of it, God’s light shines.  The light that defeated sin, death and the devil.  God is at work.  God is with us.  God is helping. May the Holy Spirit lead us so that our faith may be strengthened.  May the Spirit lead us so that we, in the midst of all that life throws at us, may be still and know that God is God.

 God’s peace, strength and blessings!
Pastor Ethan