God Is Good

By Merna Short of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”  Luke 4:18–19

Australia saw many natural disasters over the winter and spring of 2011. Dreadful floods hit Queensland and spread down the east coast, ruining towns, farms, and the landscape. Initial losses totaled billions of dollars. Added to this was the loss of livelihood of thousands of people.

Then cyclones came. The northeast Australia coast and 100 miles inland were affected, and the aftermath also was felt through the center and south of the continent.

Following this were two more cyclones in the northwest and southwest. At this same time a devastating earthquake rocked our New Zealand neighbors. Looking down the months and years it will take to normalize life, I thought of the saying, “How do you climb a mountain? One step at a time.”

I have never believed God sends these disasters as punishment. They are part of the cycles of life on this planet. I happened to be reading a study of Jeremiah. It was very uplifting. In it the author says not to get God and life mixed up.

God is not our source of trouble. God is all good. The Divine is our help in times of trouble. I’m sure there will be openings to witness of this over the months ahead. God gives us hope.

Prayer for Peace:

Creator God, we know you weep with us when struggles overwhelm us. We know your comforting Spirit is always with us. Help us look beyond our troubles and recognize your presence, right here, walking beside us and sometimes before us. Wrap us in your arms of peace.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Making Responsible Choices

Each day this week prayerfully seek God’s guidance in your choices. Discernment invites us to orient our lives toward God and God’s vision for us and for creation. Begin by reviewing the responsibilities and opportunities in the day before you. Take these choices into prayer, asking God for wisdom and insight about what matters most.

Offer yourself to God with the prayer of Teresa of Avila: “God, what do you want of me today?” Sit prayerfully with this question as you review the day again. Be aware of images, thoughts, names, or actions that come to you. Ask for blessing to live this day responsibly and compassionately in the spirit of Christ.

Peace Covenant:

Today, God, I will look beyond the darkness to see your rainbow of hope.

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