October 26

Psalm 46:1-5

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” vs. 1

When Martin Luther wrote and posted the 95 Theses in 1517 he had no idea what the outcome might be. He knew they were provocative and a challenge for the papacy, but he didn’t realize how earth-shattering they would be. In the ensuing tumult he found comfort in the scriptures, particularly some of the psalms. In fact Psalm 46 became the basis for his most famous hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” When opposition and conflict flared and he feared for his life he found strength in faith–God wasn’t a philosophical concept for academic minds to dissect, God was his very present help in trouble, as close as his next breath. The Reformation sparked by Luther and others transformed the face of the Church for the next 500 years, and now some are saying that it’s time for a new Reformation. Those at the forefront of that exciting movement are doing and saying many challenging things, but no one can predict what the consequences of any changes might be. We still can’t see into the future with any kind of precision! But we do know one thing: God is not going away! We might experiment with different names and addresses, but the Ground of All Being will continue to be our very present help in trouble. This is most certainly true!

Thought for the Day: What would a new Reformation look like?

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