Newsletter January 26th 2023

This is a challenging time of the year. Still in the cold dark of winter, we long for Spring. Patience is needed.  

In psalm 40 David looks back to a time he was in a dark place and waited patiently for the Lord to pull him out into the light:

 I waited patiently for the Lord;
    he inclined to me and heard my cry.
He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
    out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
    making my steps secure.
He put a new song in my mouth,
    a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
    and put their trust in the Lord.

Waiting is one of the hardest things to do. Waiting for the bus, for the birthday, for the weekend, whatever it is. Waiting for the Lord is hardest of all because we don’t know when he’ll act.

In the Psalm, David looks back to a time when he managed to wait for the Lord, and wasn’t disappointed:

  Blessed is the man who makes
    the Lord his trust,
who does not turn to the proud,
    to those who go astray after a lie!
You have multiplied, O Lord my God,
    your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;
    none can compare with you!
I will proclaim and tell of them,
    yet they are more than can be told.

The crocuses and snow drops came up last year and Spring followed. The Lord will make it Spring again. He’ll lift us out of the dark into the sun again:

17 As for me, I am poor and needy,
    but the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
    do not delay, O my God!

He can do it. He will do it.

Every blessing in Christ,


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