“Back to the Rock” – COVID Lockdown Devotion, Day 16

Brothers and Sisters,

Well, “perseverance” was the right word for yesterday (Day 15’s devotion).  If you aren’t already aware, the shelter-in-place order for Santa Cruz County has been extended to May 3rd.  We’re in a marathon, and that’s okay.  As we find our stride for the middle portion of the race, let me briefly return to the image of God as our Rock.  We last considered this image on March 25th, with the Day 9 devotional.  I was reminded and encouraged again this morning (and I needed the encouragement) to remember God as my Rock by the words of Psalm 62:1-2, 5-7 (ESV):

“For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.  He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken…For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.  He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.  On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God.”

 After reading this I went and dug a rock out of the dirt behind our church facilities.  It’s now sitting on my desk inscribed as you see here:

 

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May the Lord be a Rock for you tonight as you head to bed!

One more brief note.  You may be aware of Keith and Kristyn Getty and their outstanding ministry of profound Christian music.  Did you know that you can join their family live every Tuesday evening at 5:15 pm (our time on the Pacific Coast) for a hymn sing?  You can see the details and a link to Facebook Live on their webpage here.  Perhaps this can become part of your regular engagement with Jesus’ people until we emerge from this COVID moment.

Rest well…

In Christ,

P.J.

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