God's Steadfast Love
You are reading this newsletter in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic that has put the world at a standstill. None of us, no matter how old we may be, have been through an experience like this. We have not met for worship since March 8. We have at least the month of April to go without gathering together. Each day we hear of more who have contracted the virus; each day the number of deaths worldwide and in our country and state climbs.
Turn with me to the saddest book of the Bible, Lamentations. It begins: "How lonely sits the city that was full of people!" And then the lamenting pours forth as the writer recounts the troubles and sorrows of his people. It is not heart-warming material. And yet, in the midst of sorrow comes the most comforting and encouraging words of Scripture, so much so that there cannot be a Christian who does not know these words: "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end" (3:22). Here is the whole passage:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
"The Lord is my portion," says my soul,
"therefore I will hope in him."
The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.
It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord. (vv. 22-26)
Let me add the verses before it:
the wormwood and the gall!
My soul continually remembers it
and is bowed down within me.
But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope: (vv. 19-21)
Therefore we may all have hope. We know better than this writer the steadfast love of the Lord, because we know the love shown to us in Jesus Christ. We will come through this trial, because our Lord will bring us through it. Remember this and keep reminding one another this month of April.
Rev. D. Marion Clark