“but those who hope in the Lordwill renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” [Isaiah ch40 v 31]
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength, or, we might say that those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength. Waiting is not easy neither is putting all of your Hope in the Lord either. It takes patience and understanding and a lot of faith and trust.
I am not good at waiting, I like to get things done right away, to be in control, to sort out whatever needs done now or sooner if possible. At the moment I am in the garden waiting for word to pick up my son from Perth Royal Infirmary and I have to tell you that it is not an easy exercise for me. I want to be there now and to get organised and have things to do. It is a time of excitement and anticipation and anxiety as I pace about here.
What I need is what we all need at this time is; patience, understanding, a calm outlook and acceptance of the situation. Remembering that God is in control and that everything happens in His time and not in my timing. What does this do for me? Well, it stops my mind racing ahead and imagining all sorts of problems that do not exist, it prevents the time from ticking over so very slowly. I have the time to write to you, dear reader, if you did not mind that.
Patience is something that we have all had to take on board this time of the Pandemic so far and it will be needed before we come out of it. Patience is something we learn and build up in our lives, we had become an “instant age” in our dealings with the world. Communication faster than we could have imagined a few years ago with links to every part of the world. It is great but it means too much information at times and can often produce anxiety listening to or reading about something we are helpless to do anything about. The communication industry as an entirety has been effective and helpful in many ways and we are grateful for that.
It is our reaction to that ability which has caused many people in general to live at a fast pace. Then we had to slow down and we had to wait, not something we were used to. Now we have a cautious return to something moving towards normality yet we still have to wait. Wait for more freedom and less restrictions. So patience, understanding and an acceptance of God’s Timing as to when we can gather as a congregation in church, a time of “Waiting on the Lord”.
Look at Isiah’s words again, those who put their hope on the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar on wings like eagles. How wonderful a vision is that, having the patience to put our hope and trust in the Lord, to receive His Strength and to soar in heavenly praise when we are allowed to sing together. When we do meet in the meantime we shall have the joy of a gathered worshipping community giving thanks and praise in words and in praying together.
May the Lord grant us patience as we prepare our churches through the lengthy process of re-opening. May He grant us understanding as we wait for the advice from Church of Scotland and Presbytery, may we place our faith and trust in Him as we accept His timing and His care for us. Then we might our souls soar as eagles wings, praising to the heavenly heights.
LET US PRAY
Father of us all who cares for us with unconditional love, we thank and praise You for Your constant care.
We wait with anticipation for that day when our praise shall rise to You as if on eagles wings to join with the angels song. “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty”.
We wait with patience and understanding yet full of expectation and excitement at the thought of gathering together in Your Holy name to worship.
We bring before you our churches and ask a blessing on all those who are working so hard to open the church once more and for those who will help in the future.
We pray for a flourishing of Your church here in our neighbourhood, that those who have solace may find the courage to join in worship in the sanctuary.
We pray for the sick, the lonely, the anxious, the dying. We ask a blessing on those who care for them and on all the health care staff who work so hard.
We pray for the Key Workers and give thanks for their contribution to society and hope that this is never forgotten or that anyone is ever taken for granted again.
We thank You Lord for Your Strength and Constant, Unconditional Love for us, lift us up Lord that might find our strength in You. Hold us close that we might find Your Peace in our hearts.
We ask in Jesus name
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