The Lord Be With You Today!
These double calamities have come upon you—who can comfort you?—
ruin and destruction, famine and sword—who can console you?
(As the people of God sought answers and hope, the Lord spoke truth to them.
They had tried their own way, and it had taken them into exile.
They had looked to their leaders for help and found no one.
They had tried their own routes of escape
only to find themselves further entrapped.
The unwritten but clear answer to the Lord's challenge
is that there is no one to whom they can call.
The equally clear but unwritten answer
is that the Lord their God is their only hope.
Today, the situation is the same for many of us–
ruin and destruction in our lives,
a famine of truth and hope and deliverance,
and the sword of fierce life battles and deep wounding.
Today, the Lord asks us the same question and the answer is clear–
help from others or from our own strength
is unable to comfort or console us, much less deliver us.
There is no one on whom we can call.
Today, the answer is still the Lord, the Only One
Who is our Deliverer and Comforter.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ's love,
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