Reflections and Comfort In the Midst of a Crisis and St. Patrick Quotes

We’re in the midst of a crisis in our nation and in the world that is causing devastating effects in so many areas of life and for so many people. All because of a virus that is causing sickness and death throughout the world and seems to be unstoppable.

It’s surely a wake-up call, isn’t it? Does God have the first place in our hearts? Do we trust Him as the King who has control, even when fear and troubles threaten to drown us?

Sometimes we may wonder why God doesn’t stop these things. Does God really care about us? Yes, He does! If He didn’t, He wouldn’t have created us or sacrificed His own life for us.

Following Jesus will never keep us from getting sick or dying. But He has promised He will be with us no matter what happens. And through trials, He teaches us to depend more on Him, lean into Him, and allow Him to be first in our hearts and lives.

As the coronavirus spreads quickly, may we not lose heart…

“I have told you all this
so that you may have peace in Me.
Here on earth you will have
many trials and sorrows.
But take heart, because
I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33 NLT

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Jesus replied,
“You do not realize now
what I am doing, but
later you will understand.”
John 13:7

Today is St. Patrick’s Day. Parades and activities have been cancelled, but I don’t think St. Patrick would have minded. He didn’t strive for “man’s empty praise.” (Hymn – Be Thou My Vision) By God’s grace, His Treasure was in Christ Jesus, and his life pointed not to himself but to Christ and the hope and salvation we can find in Him.

St. Patrick Quotes

“I have a Creator who knew all things,
even before they were made –
even me, his poor little child.”
“I arise today through
God’s strength to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me afar and anear,
alone or in a multitude.”
“Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.”

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Be Thou My Vision
Irish Hymn Sung by 4Him

“Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light
Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art
High King of Heaven, my victory won
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heav’n’s Sun
Heart of my own heart, whate’er befall
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all”

Promises of God’s Faithful Presence

“When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark,
you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off.
You sit still and trust the engineer.”
~ Corrie Ten Boom

Where are You, God? It is so dark, I can’t see You. I feel so lifeless, I can’t feel You. Are You still with me? 

Do you ever feel this way? It’s scary, isn’t it?

I sometimes wonder… Does God wait to send us comfort because He wants us to learn to trust Him even in the dark? To trust more in the immovable truth of His faithful character? To trust He is watching over us even when we don’t feel it?

Precious Lord
In the dark nights of our souls
We want to remember Your promises
Promises of Your omnipresence
You are everywhere present
We want to have peace in the knowing
Even when we’re in the dark
Even when we can’t feel Your presence
You are a faithful God
You will never abandon us
No matter what we do or don’t do
No matter what we feel or don’t feel

Promises of God’s Presence

I Am WITH you.

"And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
  (Matthew 28:20)

I Am BEFORE you.

"It is the Lord who goes before you;
 He will be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you.
 Do not fear or be dismayed."
  (Deuteronomy 31:8 AMP)

I Am BEHIND you.

"Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army,
 withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved
 from in front and stood behind them,
 coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel.
 Throughout the night the cloud brought
 darkness to the one side and light to the other side;
 so neither went near the other all night long."
  (Exodus 14: 19-20)

I Am UNDER you.

"The eternal God is your refuge, 
and His everlasting arms are under you."
 (Deuteronomy 33:27 NLT)

I Am IN you.

"My old self has been crucified with Christ.
 It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.
 So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God,
 who loved me and gave Himself for me."
  (Galations 2:20 NLT)

I Am ABOVE you.

"Who then will condemn us? No one—
 for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and He is
 sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us." 
  (Romans 8:34 NLT)

I Am BESIDE you.

"For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand
 and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you."
  (Isaiah 41:13)

I SURROUND you.

"For You are my hiding place; You protect me from trouble.
 You surround me with songs of victory."
  (Psalm 32:7 NLT)

I Am EVERYWHERE.

"Am I a God who is only close at hand?" says the Lord.
"No, I am far away at the same time. 
Can anyone hide from Me in a secret place?
Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?" says the Lord.
  (Jeremiah 23:23-24 NLT)

“Faithful God”
by Laura Story

“Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy,
fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives,
filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit,
will brim over with hope!”
(Romans 15:13 The Message)