This is the very first in what we hope will become a series of reular devotionals contributed by local religious leaders. Our first contribution comes from Emmett Anderson, who is the Pastor of Beaver United Methodist Church in Beaver.
“But the Lord is in his holy Temple. Let all the earth be silent before him.” (Habakkuk 2:20 NRSV)
When I was a youth we would sing these words every Sunday as we gathered for worship. They bring back such vivid memories of being close to God and receiving comfort in the midst of the many crises of my life.
As I read these words, I notice the crises Habakkuk faced. Corruption, idolatry, and immorality was all around him. I feel the hopelessness in the prophet’s heart.
When I listen to the news and hear the stories of brokenness and sinfulness of people right here in the Beaver Valley…as I struggle with the political situation in our nation and the fear of terrorism…as I listen to the anger, hatred, and racism that seems to be everywhere…as all this despair for the world overwhelms me, I begin to feel what Habakkuk was experiencing.
Then I am ready to hear those words: “BUT the Lord IS IN his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him!” And I am comforted. I am reminded that all is not lost. God is here. God is still in charge. God is good. God will see me through. And with that in mind I can pray, worship, sing, and live in peace and assurance.
I pray that you experience the presence of God in the midst of your crises and come to know the peace of Christ.
Emmett Anderson is the Pastor of Beaver United Methodist Church in Beaver, PA. He and his wife, Cindy, have been in serving in Beaver since July 2013. Cindy is from North Sewickley Township the daughter of Robert and Shirley Bradshaw and Emmett is from Kokomo, Indiana. They have been serving churches throughout Pennsylvania for 28 years. Visit us online at BeaverUMChurch.org
Beaver United Methodist Church is a part of the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church. Worship is on Sunday’s at 11:00AM. The Courtney Memorial Library, located in our education wing, is a ministry open to all and is a resource for current Christian Books. We have a bi-monthly ecumenical reading group and a weekly woman’s study group. Every Tuesday we host a blood drive from noon-6:00 pm.