Daily Devotional December 21
“Father to the fatherless, defender of widows—this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy.” (Psalm 68:5-6a)
Last evening’s news that the Ontario government has chosen to place the whole of the province in the grey zone beginning later this week was admittedly disappointing. Disappointing but understandable. Yes, as the Church we will need to do some ‘tweaking’ of our already limited programming, but that for me is one of my least concerns. God is not limited, therefore my access to Him is also unlimited. The restrictions we are under will change how we need to be the Church, but again, just as was pointed out in the spring, the building is not the Church; meeting together, while preferable, is not my only means for connecting with my heavenly Father nor does it represent my only means for connecting with my support group, my Christian brothers and sisters.
However, I am very concerned for one reason–there are many people who live alone or in abusive situations who have been struggling and these restrictions are going to come as a major set-back. Today, I would like to call upon each one of us who knows the love, hope and joy of God’s Spirit in our lives to reach out. Psalm 68 tells us that God places the lonely in families. How? Look in the mirror! God wants us to extend His Fatherly love to the lonely, the abused and the homeless. It’s time to look around and find someone to ‘adopt’ this Christmas...and for the duration of 2021. When life gets difficult for our ‘neighbour’ we ought to be the first ones in line to help.
Should someone reading this be one of the ‘lonely’ ones in need of a little extra care, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or someone else you know. You are not a burden...but you may be carrying a burden that is too big for you alone. And that’s one of the things we’ve been encouraged to do–to help make someone else’s life more bearable!
~ Pastor Jane
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!