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In a time of threat, in a time of tragedy, in a time of pain and difficulty… where do I turn?
When I read Psalm 16:1-2 I am reminded that there is only one safe choice. Our God.
Without our Almighty God, our lives lack meaning and security. And most importantly, goodness. We don’t talk much about it these days. Newspapers don’t like talking about it. TV only talks about it in fictional movies. Good and evil. Right and wrong. It must be a dangerous idea!
Without God we are on our own and without goodness. With God, he and his goodness are with us.
As we keep reading the psalm, we find that this doesn’t mean God leaves us alone to fend for ourselves. Absolutely not, and in fact, quite the opposite. He not only shows us the path of life and gives us directions, we find in his presence is the fullness of joy. If you want this good path, Jesus tells us, “I am the way, and the truth and the life” (John 14:6).
But this does not say bad days are gone. No.
This does not say difficult times are in the past. No.
The psalm does not say sad times will never come again. No.
But what it does say, is that during these bad, difficult and sad times, our God will be there. It says good times will come to us because of God. But most importantly, he will be there.
Recently, I heard someone cry out to God, “If you are real, why do you allow this?” It’s an important question. Where is God in the midst of my suffering? To know that he is with us, grieving with us, mourning with us, crying with us. That’s the companion I need. Nice words, thoughts and prayers, they don’t cut it when I have lost a friend. Our God is our refuge. He is our safe place. And he alone can show us the best path for our livers, during a COVID pandemic and in the day to day of the troubles of my messy life.
I am so glad my God loves me and walks with me. Life is to messy to be without him.
Grace and peace.
Acts 2:14a, 22-32 ● Psalm 16 ● 1 Peter 1:1-12 ● John 20:19-31
Prayer of the Day
Almighty and eternal God,
the strength of those who believe and the hope of those who doubt: may we, who have not seen, have faith and receive the fullness of Christ’s blessing;
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Prayer of the Week
whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life of all who put their trust in him: raise us, we pray, from the death of sin to the life of righteousness; that we may ever seek the things which are above, where he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Diocese of Perth Bishop - Kay Goldsworthy and Jeri, Assist Bishop – Jeremy James and Lynne, Assist Bishop – Kate Wilmot.
The CQ Diocese Moranbah Parish – St Francis’ Moranbah. Luke Collings and Julia.
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Bible Readings for next week
Acts 2:14a, 36-41 ● Psalm 116:1-4, 11-18 ● 1 Peter 1:13-25 ● Matthew 28:8-15a
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Our aim is for all Parishioners to be in a CONNECT Group;
an important part of our Parish 2025 Vision.
They will form the fabric of the Keppel Anglican Parish
into the future.
If you have not yet been called by a CONNECT Group leader,
please let the office know via email or phone
with utmost importance.
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