Read Psalm 27
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
--Psalm 34:18 (NIV)
Despite the warning signs of other staff members losing their jobs and work slowing down, I was unprepared for the meeting with senior managers who told me that my job was to be terminated. I was stunned. I had worked for 15 years in Christian publishing, in a job where I thought God wanted me to be.
Three months later, my mother died after a long period of failing health. She and I had been very close. While i was glad that her struggles were at an end, I felt overwhelmed with sadness and was curiously afraid. Two of the main concerns that filled my days--my work and caring for Mom--had suddenly come to a full stop. What was happening?
A kind friend sent me a card expressing her concern for me. Her message included the words from Psalm 34:18 quoted above. I felt as if a small light had been switched on at the end of the tunnel where I was walking. It may have been only a pinprick of light, but it was there. I kept that card near me; I read it every day. I felt reassured that however many blows we have to contend with in life, in all our circumstances the Lord is very near to us to bind up our wounds, to heal us, and, in time, to restore us to fullness of life.
Dear God of compassion, when sorrows threaten to overwhelm us, remind us of your presence and help us to remember that you are always near. Amen.
Send an encouraging card or note to someone facing a difficult situation.
Susan Hibbins (Lincolnshire, England)