The LORD replied, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will call out my name, Yahweh, before you…… The LORD continued, “Look, stand near me on this rock. As my glorious presence passes by, I will hide you in the crevice of the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and let you see me from behind. But my face will not be seen.” Exodus 33:19-23 (selection)
My friend has cancer – she really wanted to stay in her home but care needs and pain control put her between a rock and a hard place – she has moved into a hospice. Others face hard financial decisions because of the global financial situation. Are you between a rock and a hard place? When we are in that place we often see God and all his extraordinary goodness passes before us. Sometimes he covers us with his hand. He shows us a place where we can stand near him on the rock. It doesn’t necessarily feel comfortable or safe but we will never be the same again because we will know him in a deeper way. We will know his name!
Prayer (as a couple)
Father God, thank you that you don’t leave us to get on with it when we are in difficulties – even those times when it’s all our own fault. Instead you show us even more of your grace and love. Nevertheless we are afraid and we don’t know what to do. Lord, help us to come to you together – help us be humble and admit we need your help. Help us not to make excuses but to depend on your loving kindness. Help us be kind to each other too. Amen.
Prayer (for others)
Lord God You are our rock. We pray for our friends _____ and _____. Please Lord place them near you in a safe place. May they see you pass by – all your goodness; all your love. Lord, deliver them from evil and may they emerge from their difficulties even more convinced of your kindness and commitment to them and their family. Lord will you also enable them to see each other’s faces and to show each other their love and commitment during this stressful time. Amen
The name of the LORD is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe. Proverbs 19:10