By Sandy Kerr, West District associate lay leader

In these trying times, we are making progress and are beginning to anticipate the end of the COVID pandemic but feel the pressures of the continuation of the rules to stay safe. I found that Psalm 86:1-7 can bring comfort.

“Incline your ear, O Lord and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God; be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all day long. Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you O Lord, I lift up my soul. For you O Lord are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you. Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; listen to my cry of supplication. In the day of my trouble I call on you, for you will answer me.” (NRSV)

How many of us have felt powerless and poor and needy? We know we must trust in God and the gracious love given by the Lord. Our souls are weary. Our hearts can hardly handle more and yet, we know God listens to our supplications, He listens to our cries and He listens to our prayers. We know God will answer as we call in our trouble.

Yes, we are tired. Yes, God still listens to us as we call to Him.

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