“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His Holy Name….Who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:1, 5
In the midst of Lent, a time of focusing on repentance and returning to the ways of God, we must remember that it is also a time of renewal.
Here, in Psalm 103, God promises us that He will renew us. He will satisfy us with good in order to renew us. When times get tough, as they will, we can hold fast to this promise of God. When it feels like we can’t keep moving and we just want to give up, know that God is working all things for the good of those who love Him.
The following poem always gives me hope when things seem bleak. It is attributed to St. Jude.
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is strange with its twists and turns
As every one of us sometimes learns
And many a failure comes about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –
You may succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside out –
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell just how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
Lord, may we have the perseverance to keep hoping in You when things seem tough. When life presses on us, and our sin entangles us, may we turn our gaze upon You. Help us to run the race set before us, so that we may obtain the prize. Amen.
Chris Reyes, Youth Ministries Director