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Welcome to the JCPC Daily Reflections Blog. Reflections are daily devotionals authored by JCPC pastors, staff and members and provide insight, guidance and comfort to help you make it through each day. If you’d like to receive Reflections each day via email,  provide your email address.

Wednesday, September 11 2019

Today is 9/11. When I realized I would be writing my Reflections on this date, I was reminded of what it has come to symbolize. In the same way that July 4, 1776 means something to Americans, so does 9/11. Some have suggested that it changed us forever in a number of ways. Maybe it did. I remember being at church when it happened and finally going down to our Youth Lounge in time to watch on TV the Twin Towers fall. I was stunned at what I was seeing. Today you will probably hear some reference to that event. When I think about words from Scripture that may speak to us, Psalm 46 comes to mind. It reminds us of God's presence, even in the chaos of life. God promises that one day, it will be better than this. Until then, we wait, we hope, and we work to make this world as God created it to be.

 

God is our refuge and strength,

   an ever-present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way

   and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

though its waters roar and foam

   and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

   the holy place where the Most High dwells.

God is within her, she will not fall;

   God will help her at break of day.

Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;

   he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us;

   the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the Lord has done,

   the desolations he has brought on the earth.

He makes wars cease

   to the ends of the earth.

He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;

   he burns the shields with fire.

He says, "Be still, and know that I am God;

   I will be exalted among the nations,

   I will be exalted in the earth."

The Lord Almighty is with us;

   the God of Jacob is our fortress.

 

Prayer for Today

God, help us to know when to be still and trust you. Help us also to know when to work to make this world as you created it to be. Thank you for being "our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." Amen.

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