Day 7/October 31 Devotion
Reflection by the Rev. Kari Parsons
Pastor at Christ the Servant
in Montgomery Village, MD
Jeremiah 17: 7-8
Blessed are those who trust in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
They shall be like a tree planted by water,
sending out its roots by the stream.
It shall not fear when heat comes,
and its leaves shall stay green;
in the year of drought it is not anxious,
and it does not cease to bear fruit.
Questions to Ponder
- Is there a bible verse, story, or hymn that reminds you of God’s presence with you in times of trouble? Read or sing it again. Perhaps you could post it somewhere you’ll see it each day.
- When uncertainty and anxiety blow your thoughts like strong winds, could you stop for a moment and “be still and know that God is,” as Psalm 46 commands?
Silence for Reflection
O God of grace and mercy, root our lives in your goodness and steadfast love. Teach us to trust in you and follow the example of your Word, Jesus Christ, especially when the winds of change and anxiety seem most fierce. Help us to know your Spirit’s presence with us, guiding us toward your truth, your justice, your compassion, and your grace. In Jesus’ name. Amen.