Dearest Hope Family,
We certainly appreciate your continued prayers and support over these trying months. If nothing else (and I certainly hope much more!), this bizarre season has humbled me to see the absolute necessity of God’s grace for every minute, ordinary, and large detail of life and brought me to my knees in prayer – confronting and living in perplexity without easy answers and quick fixes.
I commend this prayer from Peter Marshall to you for these moments, this season, of perplexity:
“Lord, Thou hast said that our Father in heaven notes even the fall of a sparrow to the ground. Help us to believe, O God, that Thou art concerned not only with the rolling of the spheres in their orbits, but even with each of us, our doubts, and perplexities.
We remember all too well the bitter discoveries we have made when we have tried to run our lives our own way, when we try to steer our own craft. Wilt Thou come aboard, Lord Jesus, and set a true course, for we grow weary of life’s demands, tired of our own blundering ways?
We ask Thee to give us clearer directions.
Where we have missed the way and wandered far,
bring us back at whatever
cost to our pride.
Take away our stubborn self-will, for we know that in
Thy will alone is our
peace. We seek that peace.
Please make room to join us for the Vespers Service this Sunday evening. An updated overview of the service as well as instructions for the Lord’s Supper are available. Please register for a spot so that we can gauge our preparations for the Sacrament.
Grace and peace,