O Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you have healed me. Psalm 30:2

Today is my mother’s birthday. She would be 110. Happy Birthday, Mom.

A lot has changed since my mother died in 1967. It’s sort of a benchmark for me. Life was so simple then.

I thank God that I was born in a time when He played a major role in the world and the life of America. I was in fourth grade in 1954 when “under God” was added to the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. In high school I was the leader of morning devotions in our public school class.  I read the Bible and led the Lord’s Prayer. They don’t do that anymore. We’re all just on our own.  I thank my mother for teaching me about God and that He is the rock we can turn to in times of trouble.

Today, we have so many problems that don’t seem to get solved. Computers and the media allow everyone to know about everything and to put their two cents worth in. It all seems so complicated. Why don’t we just turn to God?

David certainly had problems and turned to God. In Psalm 30:2-3, he says: “O Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you have healed me.  O Lord, you brought me up from the grave, you spared me from going down into the pit.”  David continues in lines 6-7, “When I felt secure, I said, ‘I will never be shaken.’ O Lord, when you favored me you made my mountain stand firm; but when you hid your face, I was dismayed.”

God is our rock and our fortress. During Lent, we need to forget about chocolate and turn to Him in prayer.

Psalm 30, Psalm 32, Psalm 42, Psalm 43; Deuteronomy 7:17-26; Titus 3:1-15; John 1:43-51