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I will put my hope in God, and once again I will praise him, my saviour and my God. Psalm 42: 11
We are living in difficult challenging times. ‘Unprecedented’ is a word we are hearing often, and yet through the generations humanity has known so many times touched by anxiety, suffering, illness, sadness and a longing for a return to normality.
The Psalm speaks of a heart breaking when remembering the past, going with the crowds to the house of God (Ps 42:4). Written from a place of exile, the prayer expresses the sadness experienced, and also the hope and trust that wherever we are, and whatever our circumstances God is with us.
Where is God in the midst of all we experience today? is a question understandably pondered. In the helping hands, the smiles, the care and attention, the shopping done by a neighbour, in our different ways of being together – these and more are the places we see glimpses of God’s love.
At this Easter time, as we celebrate new life emerging from dark places, with the Psalm writer we can conclude, ‘I will put my hope in God, and once again I will praise him, my saviour and my God’.
Rev Donald McCorkindale,
Clerk to Lochaber Presbytery & Parish Minister, Strontian, Ardgour and Morvern