Pentecost 26, Monday, Year C

Inspired by Ezekiel 11:14-25

“Therefore say: Thus says the Lord God: Though I removed them far away among the nations, and though I scattered them among the countries, yet I have been a sanctuary to them for a little while in the countries where they have gone.”  Ezekiel 11:16 (NRSV)

Sometimes it can seem as though every force in the world is working against us, including God himself.  We feel as though we’ve been separated from all that we hold dear—all our social and emotional supports—and we’re forced to live as strangers in a foreign land.

Yet whether we’re in that situation because of God’s direct will or because of the consequences of choices we or someone else made, we are not truly alone.  There is no place on earth that is beyond God’s care or reach.  Wherever you may find yourself, the Lord your God is with you, and can bring you comfort and strength.  Even when everything around you is strange and unfamiliar, God can envelop you in his familiar love and grace, providing a sanctuary from your daily struggles.

Let us pray.  God of all nations, you are with your people wherever we may go.  Reveal your presence to us, that we may find our comfort in you.  Through Christ our Lord, Amen.