Thursday, November 5, 2020
Forty Days of Proclamation: Embrace
Lauren Livingston Lancaster
“The Lord your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will will be quiet in His love,He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.”Zephaniah 3:17
The Father laid the word “embrace” on my heart last fall. I was very excited about my word since the meanings of embrace are:
1. To hold someone closely in one’s arms; especially as a sign of affection. If you know me personally or if you have ever come into contact with me then you know I’m a hugger. These days have been very hard for me.
2. The other meaning of embrace is to accept or support (a belief, theory, or change) willingly and enthusiastically. I liked this definition because I love getting excited about new things and I saw some really wonderful things that could happen in 2020-a wedding, travel, and the possibility of a part-time job.
Boy, was I in for a surprise about the kinds of things that 2020 would bring and ALL that I would have to embrace. It started in January when we had to move my daughter’s wedding up 5 months. My 88 year old mom fell and broke her hip 3 days before the wedding. This resulted in surgery, rehab, a nursing home stay, 4 hospital trips, and a decline in her overall health. In March Covid arrived and we have all been impacted by that in some way. Also in March, my daughter and grandson moved 5 hours away after living with us for 4 years since the death of her first husband. My dad died the day after Easter. In July, my second grandson was born and I was not able to be there because of the virus.
During this time I have felt confused, frightened, anxious, and even anger at times. So many days I haven’t know what to pray so I would ask God just to hear my heart. Of course I would pray for the heath and safety of my family, friends and others, but there was something else going on within my spirit. Not sure of the day, date or time but God started whispering to me in his still quiet voice what he wants me to understand about embrace. Central to that understanding is that rather than embracing being about me holding closely the things dear to me in my life, God reminded me that He embraces (holds me closely) through all of the trials that I face. So dear sisters that is my prayer for you to know the seed of ALL embracing sprouts from Him first embracing us.
For further reading: Josh 1:9, Isaiah 41:10, Deuteronomy 31:6, Matt 28:20, Romans 8:38-39, Heb 15:5
We come to you today praising you, our sovereign God. You know the heaviness in our hearts as we watch the world around us. Please forgive us when we get bogged down with our circumstances and don’t turn to you. Thank you for being there to embrace us as we navigate life. Our plea is that others will see You in us as we work to further Your Kingdom.
In Jesus Precious Name, Amen