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A promise to claim

Light for the Way seriesWe invite you to peek inside our weekly Light for the Way devotional series provided for staff.

By Keith Lomen, Pastoral Care Director, Waverly Gardens

Light for the Way seriesFor the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold
from those whose walk is blameless.
Psalm 84:11, NIV

When I woke up one morning recently, it was thunder storming. Normally that is not a cause for celebration, but — during our severe summer drought — it was a welcome sight and sound. It will hopefully be one of those “million-dollar rains” that saves and re-energizes all the crops around.
 
Speaking of re-energizing, this promise from Psalm 84 calls the Lord a “sun and shield.” This summer, we’ve had more than our share of sun, heat and humidity, so the Lord being a “sun” to us doesn't sound that appealing, does it? But it simply means that the Lord is our Provider. Think of everything the sun does — it provides light and life and heat for the whole Earth! God, our God, is like the sun for us: life-giving and life-sustaining.

And on days like this — when the good Lord knows that the sun needs a day off — God sends a welcome rain for us. A helpful mantra for us these days as God’s faithful people is, “The Lord will provide.” Believe it!
 
But wait, there’s more in this promise!  As COVID-19 and its variants ramp up again, and as there’s turmoil around the world, we trust the Lord to be our Shield who protects us — physically, emotionally and spiritually. 
 
I urge all of us to memorize these wonderful promises from Psalm 84.  They remind us that God “holds nothing back” from us. Who is blessed? It is the one who trusts in Him. If God is our Provider, Protector and Blesser, that makes us the “Provided For, the Protected, and the Blessed!” And that’s a nice place to be!

Concluding staff prayer:

Heavenly Father, we serve many older adults in a variety of settings. Please give us the creativity and energy to know what is important to each person we serve, and the ability to reach their hearts in a way that is important to them. Let’s make someone smile today! Amen.

Pastor Keith Lomen serves PHS as a pastoral care director at Waverly Gardens in North Oaks, MN. He is happily married for 37 years to his beautiful wife Nan. They have two sons and two grandsons, and are actively enjoying (and fixing up!) their new home in White Bear Lake. Pastor Keith loves sports and follows them all, and he still plays as many of them as he can.

Light for the Way seriesThe Light for the Way series provides staff with an examination of a biblical reading to deepen our focus on scripture. Thank you for engaging with this series as we seek wisdom through prayer and reflection as a Christian Ministry.

Find more in the Light for the Way series:
Prayer – the air we breathe
Eyewitnesses of God’s love in action
Get to know us: a Christian ministry
Introducing Light for the Way, a new devotional series

In addition to Light for the Way, you can find reflections, devotions, music and other resources on the Pastoral Care resources website

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