Daily Lenten Devotional

Submitted by Members and Friends of Nassau Presbyterian Church

Saturday, March 25

Psalm 43

Send your light and truth—those will guide me!
    Let them bring me to your holy mountain,
        to your dwelling place.v. 3

These days it seems more and more challenging to block out aspects of our society and culture that are contrary to what I believe to be good and true. These words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., seem most appropriate: “Where do we go from here – chaos or community?” The petition for help in this verse is most timely, and has been helpful to me during meditative hikes and when trying to ease into sleep. Like the psalmist, many of us are struggling to retain a sense of hope and safety amidst personal and societal crises. As believers, we look to God for comfort, wisdom, and guidance.

God is our refuge. God also responds to our plea for relief by calling on us to act on our faith and find ways to promote peace and justice and be of service to those in need rather than focusing on our own distress. When the noise all around us saps our energy and hopefulness, it is time to give thanks for God’s love and grace, and to live as Jesus taught us. We must listen for God’s call and share our gifts through service and action.

Thank you, O God, for the light and truth that you make known to us. May we watch and listen with care in order to better know your love and live to best serve you. In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.

Beth Coogan (btcoogan@gmail.com) Beth, her husband Tom, and children, Grace and John, have been members of Nassau for 14 years. She currently serves as a Deacon and member of the Small Groups Committee and the Guatemala Committee. She is a school psychologist in Franklin Township. She looks forward to retirement so she and Tom can join the Nassau-sponsored pilgrimage trips abroad.


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