Dear Hope Family,
As we anticipate gathering on Sunday morning for another primer on “the language of the heart”, I return to Martin Luther’s praise for the Psalms and their unique positioning in Scripture to “teach us how to speak with earnestness, to open up our hearts and pour out what lies on the bottom . . . to speak earnestly amid storms and winds of every kind.”
At least one obvious fruit from our brief journey into the Psalms has been the increase of folks within the Hope community seeking out prayer for “storms and winds of every kind.” While the elders and I in no way celebrate the fact that so many of you are facing up to unmanageable burdens, trying relational dynamics, hurt, loss, doubts, and fears, we are thrilled that such trials and brokenness are driving you to seek out counsel and to ask for prayer. In fact, at our most recent Session meeting this past Tuesday, we devoted almost two and a half hours (our entire meeting!) to considering and interceding on behalf of such requests and needs. It was sobering yet exhilarating to serve the church by praying, by talking to God with the language of the heart.
We have charted a course through more daunting, demanding Psalms in the weeks to come that will equip us to speak the language of the heart about our doubts, anger, trust, depression, and guilt. Our hope is that by dredging up what lies on the bottom of our hearts, we can enjoy a more authentic relationship with God and each other, celebrate the balm of the Gospel, and live with true hope for real life because of Jesus’ finished work.
I simply want to remind and encourage you that the pastors and elders are willing, eager, and available to listen to and pray with you. What lies on the bottom of our hearts is always more manageable in community, and we would be honored to pray with you and for you. Please let us know how to care and to pray.
Grace and peace,