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Thursday, March 18

Contributed by Shirley Carleton

Isaiah 30: 15-18
“In returning and rest, you will be saved.
In quietness and trust you will find strength.”

It seems the more we struggle against the latest turmoil in life the tighter the
grip over our lives it can have. I recall wasting time deliberating over one
issue or another, only to feel defeated and anxious when I have not been able
come up with a solution. It is usually during times like this that our perspective
is askew and there seem to be few resting places where one can pause and
God knows our ways and is graciously waiting for us. We need to quiet our
rushing thoughts, still our hearts and trust in God who will give us strength. In
Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus calls us to, “Come to me all you who are weary and
burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me
for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For
my yoke is easy and my burden light.”
During these times of stress and uncertainty in our world as we live through a
pandemic, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and burdened. We look outside for
answers from the government and the scientific community to quell our
thoughts and give us rest. Yet true peace comes from the inside and is as
close as our breath.

Lord God as you graciously wait upon us, give us wisdom to trust in your ways
and grant us patience to graciously wait upon you in the quietness and trust.

Shirley Carleton is a Master of Divinity student at St. Andrew’s Hall/Vancouver School of
Theology and member of St. Aiden’s Presbyterian Church in New Westminster, BC.