February 18th, 2024

O God, we come to you this morning as a body of believers who individually have walked different roads this past week. Some of us have struggled on paths that were rocky and steep, some sped along open highways with little joy or imagination, while others walked a winding road where at each turn a new and beautiful vista greeted our eyes. We give thanks and praise that you were present with each of us, ministering your grace into our lives even when we were not aware.

Thank you Father for reminding us that you are the everlasting, faithful God whose love for us is beyond understanding. We hear the words of the prophet Isaiah echoing in our ears.

Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:28-31

Thank you for reminding us as a church and as individuals that our hope must be fixed on you, Lord, and that as we live in hope, you will renew our strength. God, we rejoice in your promise and invite you to enable us to soar, to run, or to walk our road of faith with perseverance. Lead us and guide us Lord; may your will be done in and through us.