We Are So Well Fathered

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed,

for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isa. 41:10

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor. 12:9

Heavenly Father, we are so glad the Gospel isn’t about magic-thinking or make-believing, spiritual-spinning or circumstance-denying. In fact, the Gospel is the only place in the universe where we can be completely honest and vulnerable.

Thank you for upholding us with your “righteous right hand”—the hand that holds us close to your heart. Being honest, though we’d prefer instant relief, thank you for the promise and provision of sufficient grace.

For those of us feeling the weight of virus-concerns, heart-hurts, and/or messy relationships—grant us peace, the assurance of your sovereignty, and more peace.

For those of us weighed down by some combination of financial uncertainty, vocational disruption, and education complications for our kids—make Romans 8:28 real to us. These are some of the “all things” you are working in for our good.

For those of us who have been spiritually cool, indifferent or adrift for a while—may this pandemic prove to be the means by which you restore us to the joy of our salvation and our first love for Jesus. May our awe of your Fatherly love be greater than our fear of getting infected.

You have subpoenaed us to hope and a life of intimacy with yourself. You want us, you have us, and you love us. Hallelujah, right now and forever, we are yours. Put on our hearts who would benefit today from a check-in call, a word of kindness, and a prayer of hope. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ merciful and mighty name.