Faith

Salaam

Once again, I am filled with so many thoughts and ideas that I want to put into words.  Music often expresses these emotions and deep struggles so much better than words.  In our efforts to plan for multilingual worship, Chris and I have been spending a lot of time listening to the music of Proskuneo Ministries. Their new EP (now on iTunes & Amazon ) only has three songs – but each powerfully expresses ways we can relate to God in the midst of tragedy, riots, and the pandemic.  I find myself listening to them over and over, praying for different needs: my children, the refugees and immigrants in our city, all my sweet children from Lincoln Village Ministries (now all adults!), our current political unrest, social injustices, my own need for healing and faith, and so much more! Will you listen to this song as you continue to read?

In the US, we are moments away from our presidential election results. Families, friends, churches, and communities are fiercely divided.  Anger, anxiety, fear, hate, judgement, and arrogance surround us—and are in each of us at some level. As I reflect on our nation’s history and the history of the nations around the world, I don’t see any man or woman being a true deliverer of pain, poverty, suffering, and injustice—but most of them promised as much.  

I admit that I am not the most politically educated or astute American.  I often regret not reading and researching more.  So my thoughts right now are not really related to our current election at all.  They are turned upward toward the One who has continually been my deliverer – The Deliverer.  

I am so grateful to be in a nation with many privileges and freedoms. However, my greater cry is this:

Lord, bring your peace in your time, and in your way.  YOUR kingdom come.  Give me the grace to not throw away the core practices and commands of my TRUE KING & GOD—the call to trust, forgive, walk humbly, love mercy, lay down my life for others, love one another, give grace, and to share your love in the midst of any situation you put me in.

I’m praying these things for you also, my friends, as you navigate these stormy political waters. My hope is that you will look up and see God’s big story of creation, the fall, redemption, and coming restoration.

I’ve been reading through Colossians this month, and these verses, along with Micah 6:8 are on my mind.

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Colossians 4:2-6 ESV

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6:8 ESV

All my love,

Naomi

Here are the other two songs on the Proskuneo EP “Why.” I think my favorite is “Unto Me.” Such a beautiful melody, and a beautiful reminder that whatever we do for the least, we’ve done for Jesus.

Featured Photo by Amaury Gutierrez on Unsplash

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