Hebrews 12:2 (NIV) –…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
Acts 16:25 (NIV) – About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.
“Jay was my favorite sister. Even though she was older, she didn’t treat me like a tagalong. She liked me. I tried to copy everything she did. Maybe that’s why, many years later in the early seventies, after my accident, she asked me to come live with her. I was still a novice at being a quadriplegic, struggling to adjust to life in a wheelchair. But Jay made the early years of adapting to paralysis bearable. Sometimes, even sweet. My favorite memory was one late summer evening on the back porch under a full moon when Jay pulled up her rocker…we lifted up our voices on a beloved old hymn: “There is a fountain filled with blood, / drawn from Immanuel’s veins, / and sinners plunged beneath that flood, / lose all their guilty stains.” Even in the hardest and darkest of times, our loving Father weaves treasured memories and intervals of music and laughter through our lives. And when we sing aloud of his goodness and grace, our pain — even if only for the moment — loses its grip.[Joni Eareckson Tada, Pearls of Great Price. Zondervan. Kindle Edition.]
What is our usual response to pain and difficulty?
Instead, let’s see how putting on worship changes the way we walk through the hard times.
Prayer: “Father, no matter how I feel or what I am going through, I choose to worship you. You are good and your love endures in all ways in my life! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
Let’s close in worship with “Goodness of God” by Bethel Music. [click here]