Community in Action October 26, 2020

Today I had the opportunity to offer compassion to a close friend of mine. It was a sudden opportunity that required me to rise earlier than usual and to travel some distance. I was able to be by this friend’s side and suffer with them, remember “compassion” comes from the word ‘to suffer with.”

    It is a helpless feeling when words can not convey the deep distress you feel for someone and everything you could say to cheer them up seems so trite, but I could sit with them. I could let them know they are not alone. I could live out the friendship which we have cultivated over the years and walk that lonesome valley with them.

    I just happened to read the lectionary passage for today which includes Psalm 62 before I got to my friend’s side. The refrain in this Psalm is found in verse 1 and verse 5:


    For God alone my soul waits in silence; 

    from him comes by salvation.

He alone is my rock and my salvation,

    my fortress; I shall never be shaken. Verse 1


    It is so hard to be silent. It is so hard partly because we are taught to use our words for encouragement, for solutions, for comfort and yet the trouble which sometimes looms over us and can not be dispelled by simple words.

    It is only God who can come and be present with us to give us what we truly need. God may not even speak, but the presence of God can be felt and can bring a sense of deliverance. And we can be the messenger which reminds both friend and friend sitter that God cares deeply for us.

    It is interesting that in verse one in the second line there is the phrase reminding us that God will not let us twist in the trouble we have, but will come to us with the deliverance, the true deliverance that we need. Yet in verse five the second line speaks not of salvation, but that which can only come deep from within given to us by God and that is hope.

    Hope is not something we can manufacture, it comes sometime unbidden, but certainly whether beckon or not it comes from beyond our very own nature. It comes from within through the spirit.

    Hope can turn the darkest night into the expectation for a spectacular dawn. Even when it isn’t here yet, just the sense that the dawn will come, is coming, and then arrives, enlivens us, even thought our circumstances may not have changed.

    So know this, God will be present in all your wanderings and in all your sittings and God will be there in the sounds of the times as well as there in the resounding silence of a moment.

    For God alone my soul waits in silence;

    for my hope is from him.

He alone is my rock and my salvation,

    my fortress; I shall not be shaken. Verse 5.


    Pastor Randy

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