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Keep looking to God1 month ago
In this week’s blog post, ReSource Minister Revd Garrie Griffiths shares a hopeful encouragement in the midst of the potential emotional turmoil and spiritual darkness we may find ourselves during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Let me begin by saying thanks to God for the two recent posts on this Blog by Rob Daborn and Alison Fleetwood. Thanks to Rob for encouraging us to look for Signs of the Holy Spirit to help us discover what God is calling us to be and to do. Thanks to Alison for encouraging us to look at Seasons and what the Holy Spirit may be saying to us through them.
As I write this Jill and I are struggling to cope with one close family member in the latter stages of terminal cancer, plus our mothers and several of our friends who are at high risk shielding from Covid-19. And that is in addition to the stresses of being unable to visit with both our sons and their families. I am sure that many who are reading this have a list of their own and, sadly, with added pain and loss.
We willingly heed the challenges in Rob’s and Alison’s blog posts. We try to stop and listen for God’s still, small voice coming through the noises of the world and the clamour of our thoughts. Yet sometimes we come off the phone simply bewildered by all the hurt and confusion, by the emotional turmoil and spiritual darkness that seems to be everywhere.
It is in a season such as this when, overwhelmed by circumstances and uncertainties, the Holy Spirit gives us one simple yet profound sign; one direction in which to look and listen focussing our attention on God and his character:
Brother Lawrence writes, In the time of struggle we ought to have recourse to God with perfect confidence, abiding steadfast in the presence of his divine majesty; in lowly adoration we should tell out before him all our griefs and our failures, asking him lovingly for the succour of his grace; and in our weakness we shall find in him our strength.
Francis de Sales writes, Do you but hold fast to God’s dear hand and he will lead you safely through all things; and, when you cannot stand, he will bear you in his arms. Do not
look forward to what may happen tomorrow. Our Father will either shield you from suffering, or he will give you the strength to bear it.
A year ago, as our struggles were taking hold and showing signs of increasing, I turned to look at God simply for himself and the following song came into being. We hope it helps you, as it has us, to face where you are at now and during the coming weeks and months