After the fire
At some time in our lives everybody feels sad.
It may be because something bad has happened.
It may be because we have worked too hard and not rested.
It may be because we are disappointed that things have not turned out as we wanted them to.
It may even be that we have achieved so much, even reached our goal but then feel empty.
Sometimes there is not even a reason.
We just feel very sad.
This lock down has not helped
And many people feel down.
In our Sunday School before lockdown we looked at a man called Elijah. (1Kings ch 19 v 1 – 16)
He did great things for God and had strong faith to obey and see great miracles.
But he was still human like us and one day, even after seeing a great miracle he felt alone and very sad and a bit useless.
He even prayed that God would take him out of this life. He was very depressed.
All he could do was repeat over and over again
I am just as bad as my ancestors, I am all alone, he lost hope.
God appeared to him first in a strong wind, and then an earthquake and then a fire.
But after the fire came a still small voice which helped him.
Which gave him hope,
Which gave him purpose.
It lifted him.
Today listen for the still small voice of God.
He tells you He loves you.
He tells you that He sent his son to die so your sins are forgiven.
He gives you a fresh start with his Spirit.
Let us Pray:
Father. We are all too human and weak.
Reach out to us in our sadness and loss. Touch the hurting parts of our lives with your love and forgiveness. Give us new purpose and renewed faith.
In the wonderful name of Jesus.