Today’s Scripture Selection: Psalm 46:1

“God is our refuge and strength, and ever present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear….”

We all need help now and then.

Sometimes, we need more than a little.

So where does it come from – or to put it in good old King James language, “From whence does it come?”

It comes from God.  At least, the best help comes to us that way.

It is the help that is our

  • Refuge
  • Strength
  • Ever present source of guidance and grace.

The shelves are filled with “self-help” books.  Some are pretty good; many are terrible.

The airwaves – radio, TV, internet – are filled with “experts” of one kind or another.  Some are pretty good; many are terrible.

But God responds to us consistently, with great caring, with even greater patience and understanding, ever present.

The Psalmist had it right.  In the face of help such as this,

“…we will not fear.”

Prayer: Merciful God, thank you for your help that is not only ever present, but just the help I need, when I need it the most.  AMEN.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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