By Jamie Harms
This week has not been the easiest of weeks. Yes, I have many things to be thankful for, many good moments with my family and things accomplished around the house, yet my heart has felt heavy at times. Maybe it is because I am home and feel restricted, or maybe it is because of the news headlines, or maybe it is personally knowing some of those who are sick. I often feel like a boat tossed by the sea, remembering God’s faithfulness and trusting Him one moment and feeling overwhelmed and fearful the next. I have to remember, even though I can be tossed around on the waves of life, I am anchored in the hope of the One coming and His victory that Easter morning nearly 2000 years ago. Even though I cannot see the anchor from the boat, I am secure, held, kept. Despite the circumstances around me, I am confident that I will see God’s goodness in the land of the living if I wait for Him. Thus, today as I head out on my walk, this is the prayer of my heart from Psalm 27 for you. No matter what your day looks like, know that you are loved and prayed for.
Dear Heavenly Father,
You are indeed our Lord, our light, and our salvation. We are surrounded by so much that we can fear: sickness, loneliness, and future finances, yet we do not need to be afraid for You are our stronghold. Help us to find our joy and protection in You.
Lord, we confess that it is so easy to give into fear as we see the fruit of evil in our own hearts and in the world around us. The sorrow and destruction that sin and a broken world can bring is cause for fear, yet we can have confidence we are secure in the refuge that comes from You alone.
Oh Lord, one thing we ask, one thing we seek from You is that we would dwell in your house with You and gaze upon your beauty. May we linger in your Word and in awe of your creation around us as we go through our day, seeing You as You really are.
Hold us close, Father, when things come against us. Lift us up and carry us when we cannot walk on our own. Make our hearts full of joy as our hearts sing unto You of your goodness and faithfulness despite the circumstances around us.
Hear, O Lord, when we cry aloud, and be gracious to us. Have mercy on those who are sick. Have mercy on those who care for our sick and those who have to go out to work each day. Have mercy on our leaders, those who have to make tough, life and death decisions. Have mercy on those stuck at home in unsafe family situations. Have mercy on those who are hungry and hurting. Have mercy on the relationships within our homes as we spend yet another day in the same space. Have mercy on us, Lord.
Teach us, Father, your ways in this unprecedented time. Help us to walk in your truth, for we do believe we will see your goodness in the land of the living. May my sisters and I wait for You. Help us to be strong and take courage as we wait for You today.