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Weekly Lenten Devotion
God Still Rules
Thou rulest the raging of the sea. Psalm 89:9
Kenneth Samuel wrote: Rage and rulership are not often mentioned in the same sentence. Outrageous situations give us the sinking feeling that no one is in control. There are so many scenarios in both the bible and in our lives that feel like no one is in control. Life can sometimes be so out of control that we feel like we are in a sea of raging water.
The scripture reading from Psalm reminds us that God is in control, even when we feel like life is not. This doesn’t take us off the hook though. We still must step up to the plate and manage the things that we can take control of. We still need to feed the children, go to work, do the chores, work with our relationships toward resolving problems and be present to taking care of ourselves. Even when circumstances are completely out of our control it doesn’t mean that that there is no control. It does mean that we take responsibility for our part and leave the rest to God.
The lyrics to the classic gospel song, “My Soul Has Been Anchored” speak to this:
Through the storms keep on raging in my life
And sometimes it’s hard to tell the night from day
Still that hope that lies within is reassured
As I keep my eyes upon the distant shore
I know God will lead me safely to that blessed place God has prepared
But if the storms don’t cease
And if the winds keep on blowing in my life
My soul has been anchored in the Lord.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the hope you give me to heal in broken places in my life. I ask that you would give me strength to find hope in places that I feel out of control today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Upcoming Special Events:
Lenten Season Book Study – Begins Feb. 25 at 6:30 pm
Five Fridays Lenten Organ Concerts – Begin March 6 at 12:15 pm
5th Annual Strawberry Festival is Saturday June 6th 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Vendor Application and Vendor Site Map are now available.
Check out our events calendar for more details about these programs and so much more happening at FCC!
We, the community of the First Congregational Church of Madison seek to embody God’s extravagant welcome.
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