Pause

We struggle from time to time, wondering in the pain of the moment where God might be, wondering if God knows our situation, wondering if God cares.

Then suddenly, as though out of nowhere, our healing comes.

Pause now with anticipation, and with faith in what is possible.

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Listen

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.

Psalm 130:1-6

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Think

Indeed, if God kept a record of our sins, none of us would stand a chance! Thankfully, God hears our cries from the depths of our souls and grants us undeserved forgiveness time and time again.

We hope with our whole beings in the same God, who keeps no record of wrongs. Our faith in God enables us to know and feel hope deep within our bones. God’s amazing gift of forgiveness enables us to embody a depth of mercy that does not keep track of the sins of other people.

We are healed by God’s prescribed grace. Who are we not to have hope and offer mercy to others?

Ashley-Anne Masters

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Pray

O God, hear my cry. Fill my body with hope so that I may fully embody your mercy. In the name of the one who greets me each new morning, Amen.

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Go

Go now with anticipation that God may, in the most surprising moment, bring to you the healing you seek, the wholeness you desire. Let this be your prayer:

Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved; for you are my praise. (Jeremiah 17:14)

Ashley-Anne Masters

Ashley-Anne Masters is a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and currently serves as a hospital chaplain and freelance writer in Chicago, Illinois. She is co-author of Bless Her Heart: Life as a Young Clergy Woman and author of Holding Hope: Grieving Pregnancy Loss During Advent.

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