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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, May 20 2020

Those of us who feel called to preach, may do so for a variety of reasons - some better than others. But my sense is that most of us who preach regularly do so because of this: we want to share the good news of God's love in some way that connects with listeners and calls them into a deeper relationship with God and others. Sometimes it is hard to know if we are doing that effectively.

 

One thing I miss during this pandemic, our time of sheltering-in-place, and online worship services is standing at the back at the end of the service and seeing people. It is not only a time to connect, but to hear from others, as well. Some share concerns or celebrations. Some ask me to pray for them or someone they are concerned about. Some share information they think I should know. But most Sundays, some people will not simply thank me for the sermon, (which I appreciate), but they will tell me how God spoke to them through the sermon. These are often very sacred moments for me - not only because someone took the time to share this - but because I know what I have tried to do may have worked.

 

One of our members, Mary Todaro, emailed me this song she wrote in response to last week's sermon. What a creative way to internalize and express God's Word to her! She said I could share it with you. Enjoy!

 

STAND FIRM

by Mary Todaro

 

Stand firm. Stand firm.

Stand firm in the armor of God.

Buckle on the belt of truth.

Trust God to show the way.

Put on the breastplate of righteousness.

Wrestle through the pain.

Stand firm. Stand firm.

Stand firm in the armor of God.

Fit your feet with the gospel of peace.

Find support step by step.

Use your shield of protection from flaming arrows.

Stand firm. Stand firm.

Stand firm in the armor of God.

Wear the helmet of salvation.

Break free from the chains of fear.

Take the sword of the Spirit.

Stay strong in love.

Stand firm. Stand firm.

Stand firm in the armor of God.

Stand firm in the armor of God.

 

Prayer for Today

Thank you, God, for speaking to us in ways we can each hear. Help us to stand firm as we seek to live our lives in response to your Word to us. We pray this in the strong name of Jesus - the "Word made flesh." Amen.

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