These words anchor me

One of the immense gifts of having prepared a sermon almost every week for the past twenty years, is that I have become steeped in scripture.  The weeks I am preaching, I begin on Monday by reading the Psalm.  Would this make a meaningful Call to Worship?  What does this Psalm say about God? About our faith?  About worship? 

 

I move to the passage I selected for the sermon: and I read it.  And read it. And read it again.  I write about it, pray about it, and sometimes even dream about it.  Connections come to me as I am reading the news or watching TV or staring out the window.

 

And over the years, all those verses have become inscribed on my heart, such that they come to mind without effort. They arise like prayer:

 

Your word is a lamp to my feet...

I am fearfully and wonderfully made...

When you walk through fire you shall not be burned...

Blessed are the merciful...

You are my rock and my salvation...

You are worth more than many sparrows...

Consider the lilies of the field...

Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly...

For thou art with me...

 

Like guideposts along life's path, these words anchor me.  Could they just as well be Led Zeppelin lyrics or Mary Oliver poems?  Sure.  But I have chosen to follow Jesus and seek the God of love, and so the Bible holds a sacred place for me.

 

In these times when fear looms and threats can overwhelm us, where do you find your solace and anchor?  Are there words of scripture that ground and connect you?  To what verses do you go for courage or comfort?  May we each find words that can tether us to hope.