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March 4

Elementary:

In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Do you sometimes wake up in the middle of the night? What goes through your mind in the dark and warmth of your nightlight?

What to do? Count sheep? Try to think good thoughts — anything but toss and turn and worry. Should I pray? Is God even awake at this time of the night?

When it feels as if God is off sleeping somewhere and not paying attention to us, the Bible gives us permission to cry out, even loud enough to awaken God, let alone our parents and care-givers. The writer of the psalm today opens the window for that kind of late-night relationship with God.

God has not and will not ever abandon us. "You are the God who works wonders" (v. 14). Those words from the bible can provide authentic comfort. Even in the middle of the night!

Whether we are awake or asleep, God protects us with God's Love. When we wake in the night, pray for God's blessings and protection and during the day, pray for God's blessings and protection too.

So, we continue our day welcoming God's love which surrounds us day or night in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.​


High School: 

In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 77 says: "I ponder, and my spirit faints. You will not let my eyelids close."

What is your "middle of the night" time? Is it 1:23am or 3:37 a.m.? Mine is 3:29 a.m.

There are, indeed, situations that stress my daytime thoughts. But those mid-night eye poppers of worry, anxiety, family and friend drama, money, and health are the fears I have suppressed in the daylight hours. And in the middle of the night, my weird, subconscious mind presses forward, forcing me to confront my dragons.

What to do? Count sheep? Try to think good thoughts — anything but toss and turn and stew. Pray? Is God even awake at this time of the night?

When it feels as if God were absent, the Scripture gives us permission to cry out, even loud enough to awaken God. The psalmist opens the window for that kind of late-night relationship with God. Honest angst before the Holy One is possible.

What are the fruits of this genuine and intimate encounter with God? For the writer of Psalm 77, it was the relief of the dark night of the soul. The writer recounts the biblical story, remembering that God has not and will not abandon us. "You are the God who works wonders" (v. 14). Those words can provide authentic comfort. Even at 3:29 in the morning.

So have a mid morning convo with God and let it all out – by morning, may the rough seas in your life be calmed.

We continue our day welcoming God's presence day or night in our lives in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.​