Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
God - Our Refuge and Strength
Psalms 46: 1-5
Vs.1 "God is our refuge and strength, an
ever-present help in trouble".
On September 11th, 2001 when that darkest hour struck us, an
overwhelming feeling of helplessness and anxiety went through everyone.
As a country, we lost our iconic World Trade Center (WTC) that
represented our financial dominance. It was destroyed in front of our
eyes in matter of minutes to ashes; with it, the lives of many loved ones
and friends. Fear of the unknown was in everyone’s mind including our
top-level leaders. As a nation, we were under attack.
9/11 was a true test of our patriotism. As a nation, we
gathered under the cross to pray for our nation and the safety of our
people. Regardless of the diverse demography, all our prayers echoed the
same as one nation under God. As a result of that incident our nation
went to war, and many of our brave soldiers responded to the call of duty
to protect and serve our nation. Our prayers were extended to the safety
of those who went harm’s way to protect our way of life. As time
progressed, wounds were healed and a new icon replaced the old. Sixteen
years since the incident, it still has a strong influence on how it
changed our lives forever. During these troubles, we are blessed to have
an assurance that “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help
in trouble” Psalm 46:1. Our faith in His words should be sufficient
enough to get us through any troubles that we may face. The assurance
that we receive from God is the only measure of safety in which we can
conveniently seek shelter.
As an individual or as a group, we may go through situations
that rattle our normal life. It may leave us with the feeling of
uncertainty and fear of the unknown. Seeking refuge in God during these
times will provide us with the strength necessary to overcome any
troubles in our life. Often times when we are faced with situations that
trouble us, our first reaction is to find a resolution for it on our own.
We forget to cast our burden on God who is willing and able to resolve it
much better than we ever can. Regardless of the situation, seeking refuge
in God will provide us with the strength and protection we need to face
any trouble in our life.
Dear God, thank you for your grace and mercy that you
have showered upon us. Please help us to seek refuge in you during our
troubles by casting our burden on you. Thank you for protecting and
keeping us safe. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen!
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“We turn to God for help when our foundations are
shaking only to learn that it is God shaking them.” Charles West
George Abraham, Long Island
Mar Thoma Church, Merrick, NY
Christian Education Forum,
Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church