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encouragementpixThis morning I am reminded by Psalm 145 (vs. 8-18) that no matter how fortunate we are in life there are always moments – or longer periods – when we need a word or two of encouragement. As we move through Lent, remembering the gathering clouds of danger in the life of Jesus, it’s easy to see how he also was comforted by the words he had been hearing all his life, giving him courage to face what was ahead. Listen:

The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness. The Lord is good to all and compassionate toward all his works. The Lord is faithful in all his words and holy in all his works. The Lord lifts up all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down. The Lord is just in all his ways and holy in all his works. The Lord is near to all who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth.

No matter what happens today we can be confident that God is with us, waiting for our call, holding us up in all our challenges and teaching us to live as Christ did – always speaking the truth with kindness and compassion and living courageously because of this faith.