Midweek Message June 7, 2017

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?  Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning? (Psalm 22:1)

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want (Psalm 23:1).

Did you know that these two (very different!) Psalms were placed next to each other – I suspect for good reason.  They reflect the polar opposites of our lives; they reflect the range of our emotions, of our prayers, of our experiences – from desperation to trust; from despair to hope; from despondency to confidence – and everything in between.

If you have lived on this earth for any length of time you have
experienced both of these Psalms (which is part of the beauty of the Psalms).  They both give expression to feelings you may not know you have or know how to express.

I love the honesty of the Psalms, embracing fully the beautiful

trustfulness of Psalm 23 and the utter starkness of Psalm 22, which, as you will also recall, Jesus quotes while he is on the cross.

Both “poles” give me permission and encouragement to share honestly with God.  And both Psalms give me hope, that “joy comes in the morning,” that “light comes after the darkness,” that “all will be well, and all will be well.”




  • June 11th is “The Source” Sunday. Sign up to serve or provide food for the meal at this homeless center.
  • The Florida Annual Conference (Annual Meeting) is June 10-13 in Orlando. Please pray for the delegates.
  • Sign up NOW for Vacation Bible School being held July 10-14


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