Today’s Scripture Selection: Psalm 77:14

“You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.”

I know some folks who have been become rather jaded; sort of cynical.

It’s sad to see it.

What has made them this way?  When, at what exact point – or after what series of life events – did they lose their childlike wonder and faith?

When did they stop looking at sunrises and sunsets?  When did they start saying things like “you can’t win” or “it’s no use” or “that’s just the way it is”?

When did these poor souls stop believing in the capacity of people to do something good for others or show genuine love, without any self-serving motive?

When did they start believing that “life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be”?

What about their experience of life, or their genetic makeup, or their attitude about religion, or their feelings about being hurt – or something else entirely different – has caused them to give up, stop living, and just exist?

When did they stop believing – if they ever did – in the miraculous?

I can’t answer this.

But it’s sad to see.

The good news is it doesn’t have to happen to you.

With a little faith (Jesus said only as much as a tiny mustard seed) and a little hope and some willingness to trust, I believe life can still be a wonderful journey highlighted by great depth of purpose and meaning.

I am also “foolish” enough to believe that the Psalmist is right.

“You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.”

That’s what makes even this broken world of ours a very beautiful place.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the miraculous way you touch our lives with your love – every single day.  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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