Minister's Letter

August and September 2018

The Lord be with you.

 

Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I” (Psalm 61:1-2).

 

 

It's hard to believe that we are more than half way through 2018.  Hard to believe too that I woke at 4am this morning with the thought "I don't think I emailed the pastoral letter for the next edition of The Torch."  

 

It's strange how the mind works. 

 

The first half of my year has been full of wakefulness as I dealt with the deaths of several close family and friends, deaths of church and community members, and personal family and health issues. That's not to say that there weren't good things happening - we became grandparents in January, and we are loving our new role.  Our son and daughter-in-law make sure we are kept up to date with photos and FaceTime.   Our daughter got married in April, and she and her husband moved to Qatar at the end of May.  And while we had good things happening, it seems to be those other things that pray on the mind and give us nights of fitful sleep.

  

 

It's the same for all of us, and it's nothing new. Psalms 61-63 give us insight to the struggles King David was having... feeling overwhelmed and experiencing sleepless nights. It was in these times that David cried out to God, “Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” 

 

 

In Scripture the Rock is a common metaphor for God, and 

throughout the Psalms the Rock is commonly used to describe the power and stability we have in God. One example is Psalm 18:31, “For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God?”  The prophets continue the theme: “Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD HIMSELF, is the Rock eternal” (Isaiah 26:4). The apostle Paul describes the spiritual rock that accompanied the children

of Israel, “and that Rock was Christ” (1 Corinthians 10:4).  At every service I lead at Balhousie and James Court the Call to Worship I use is from Psalm 62:7-8

‘My salvation and my honour depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.

Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.’

I love these words, they are words to hold on to, they are words of direction, especially in those times when feeling overwhelmed.

 

 

During those times when we are overwhelmed let us make this ancient request of the Psalmist our personal plea: “Lead me to the rock that is higher than I."

 

 

Until the next time: The Lord bless you and keep you.

 

Your minister ... Mary Haddow

 

Written in the wee sma' hours in Arlington, Virginia, which I will speak of in the next Torch.

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