Feeling overwhelmed

Wendy Young, of Christian Aid Scotland, writes about the experience of feeling overwhelmed, particularly in the context of contemporary digital communication. On the one hand it keeps us more connected than ever but it also bombards us with emails, alerts, and notifications - it is easy to feel overwhelmed but there is comfort to be found in identifying with the gritty, flawed lives of Biblical characters and our creator God who wants to partner with us.


When opinions and expectations

press in on every side

when unrealistic demands of duty

deny fullness of life

when the to-do list is never-ending

and nothing ever satisfies

May your face shine upon us and

May we cling to your Word of life.


When advertising shouts at us

telling us what is lacking in our lives

when blatant lies and deceit

are now false truth and alternative facts

when instagram, facebook and twitter

show us what we are missing out on

When news alerts light up our phone

with updates of conflicts, terror and tragedy

May your face shine upon us and

May we cling to your Word of life.


When regret and unfulfilled dreams

dilute our contentment and joy

When friends and loved ones

have gone, leaving us all alone

When for whatever reason

our eyes shed streams of tears

May your face shine upon us and

May we cling to your Word of life.


Deep breath in, deep breath out…


Thank you, God,

for the strange comfort to be found

in knowing of the weakness and vulnerability

of the Old Testament prophets, priests and kings,

of their crises of confidence in themselves and

at times, even in you.


Thank you, God,

for the deep comfort to be found in your words

“Ask what I should give you”

And the hope that even though we may feel out of our depth

You do not call us to a task without also

resourcing us with what we need.


Thank you, God,

for the great comfort

that you know our potential

that you know us,

that we are fearfully and wonderfully made

Help us to believe as you do,

in the goodness of your creation

and so share your gifts as the world has need.

Amen.


Wendy Young


#disappointment #sorrow #exhaustion #frustration #reassurance #consoling

Readings

  • Direct my footsteps according to your word;

    let no sin rule over me.

    Redeem me from human oppression,

    that I may obey your precepts.

    Make your face shine on your servant

    and teach me your decrees.

    Streams of tears flow from my eyes,

    for your law is not obeyed.

    Psalm 119: 133-136
    NIV
  • We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

    In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

    Romans 8: 22-27
    NIV
  • At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”

    Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.

    “Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

    The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this.

    1 Kings 3: 5-10
    NIV
  • Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

    Romans 12: 21
    NIV

Prayers

  • Deep breath in, deep breath out

    May your face shine upon us and

    May we cling to your Word of life.


    Deep breath in, deep breath out…

  • Thank you, God

    Thank you, God,

    for the strange comfort to be found

    in knowing of the weakness and vulnerability

    of the Old Testament prophets, priests and kings,

    of their crises of confidence in themselves and

    at times, even in you.

    Thank you, God,

    for the deep comfort to be found in your words

    “Ask what I should give you”

    And the hope that even though we may feel out of our depth

    You do not call us to a task without also

    resourcing us with what we need.

    Thank you, God,

    for the great comfort

    that you know our potential

    that you know us,

    that we are fearfully and wonderfully made

    Help us to believe as you do,

    in the goodness of your creation

    and so share your gifts as the world has need.

    Amen.

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