God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields[d] with fire. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.Psalm 46:1-10
You can feel it can't you? It feels like the walls of our homes, our lives, and world are pressing against us. Our world seems to be getting smaller and smaller. There's less to do socially, many are working from home, schools are closed indefinitely and we hunker down praying we don't get ill. Where do we turn to for answers and guidance, our leaders, the media? Both of the these can perhaps help some; but don't get caught in the trap of feeling that's all there is.
Now more than ever we need to turn to God. He is where we should go to in both troubled and good times. Jesus said, "I will be with you always." He was with us yesterday, He is with us today, and He will be with us tomorrow!
Turn to the one who died for us and rose from the dead. If He can overcome death, (and He did); then He can most certainly help you and me get through this and any crisis. Talk to Him, let Him (Jesus), be your rock. Allow Him to open your mind and spirit. Allow Him to give you his calmness and peace in the midst of this storm. Allow him to be your refuge and strength, your ever-present help in this time of trouble. Amen.
Pastor Bryan E. Drebes
Pastor Drebes attended Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, beginning in 1997. He spent the summer of 1999 teaching English to Chinese middle school teachers in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. He served a four-month vicarage at St. John Lutheran Church, Plymouth, Wisconsin, followed by eight months at Bethany Lutheran Church, Overland Park, Kansas. Pastor Drebes was ordained into the Office of the Holy Ministry at Zion Lutheran Church, Palmyra, Missouri on August 19, 2001, and installed as Associate Pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church, Overland Park, Kansas on September 9, 2001. He served Bethany for 14 years. Pastor Drebes accepted a Divine Call to be Senior Pastor at Pacific Hills Lutheran Church in November, 2015.