Hi, my name is Lydia and I work for a charity called Liverpool Youth for Christ and we work across the Liverpool in churches and schools and as a part of my job I get to work
alongside Ken and the amazing work that he does; in this season that looks like helping him out and writing some blogs for him.
I don’t know about you but I had a lot of hope that this year was going to be different to last year. Some part of me was hoping that at the stroke of midnight on the first of January things would feel different, feel better, more hopeful. Then only two weeks into
this new year we had cases of covid going up again and political unrest in America. Just a few days in and so much of the hard and difficult things of last year had already
reared its head!
Here we are, two months into this year and it still feels hard and a lot of the people I talk to all seem to be losing their hope; there no longer feels like there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
As I was praying about this and asking God – how can I share anything encouraging at the moment or how do I share hope when things feel so hopeless? – I read some verses in a psalm that filled me with a lot of hope. It was Psalm 121, which are part of the songs of ascent, which are so full of hope and joy and I really
encourage you to read over them.
A song of ascents.
1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand; 6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
The first thing that struck me was verse 1 and that action of looking up. It’s an action and it’s a choice. We need to actively choose to look up. Choose to look up. Because
He is our help.
Whatever this year brings, it says in verse 3 that He won’t let us stumble – forget falling flat on our face, God won’t even let us stumble!! God is our very present help and even when things feel difficult we can look up to him and know that he will help us, he won’t let us stumble and he will watch over us.
He is for us even when things feel difficult. He is our hope. And we can stand firm and say that whatever comes our way throughout the rest of this year, we are trusting that God is faithful and he will see us through.
We are praying and thinking of everyone at Maricourt and praying this year you would know where your help comes from, and that God is always with you and watching over
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