By Joelle Brinkley
October 14, 2020
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2 Thessalonians 2:1-17
Our family returned to the San Francisco Bay Area this summer and before the pandemic hit, I was looking forward to returning to church with our New North Family. I remember the Sundays where the Spirit moved through the sanctuary, where the word spoken from the pulpit broke off another piece of ice in my heart, and where I hugged my brothers and sisters in Christ as we shared in these sacred holy experiences.
Our souls have been longing to return to worship together again and to receive a word from God that will once again fall on us again fresh. As we must remind ourselves, our church is not a building and our hope is not cancelled. We are a people that are gathering in our living rooms, socially distanced for a few meaningful moments in person, or through a computer screen. We are gathering in spirit even if it not yet fully in person.
In the meantime, and at all times, we should be constantly crying out saying “my soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God” (Psalm 84:1-2). When we remain in His hands and under the refuge of His wings, we can lift our praise and our eyes to the One who keeps us in perfect peace. Rejoice at Starbucks, quiet your hearts and minds in your devotional time with God, and let your heart continue to long for God in everything that you do.
Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.
— Psalm 84:12
Prayer to start with: Lord, let our hearts and every fiber of our being continue to long for who you are. May we continue to pour out an everlasting gratitude for the redemptive work done on the Cross, for finding us in and lifting us out of our darkest moments, and for leading us to moments of deliverance that we couldn’t imagine for ourselves. May our souls continue to long for you all that you are. In Jesus name, Amen.