Our lives are never static. We are always on the move, sometimes physically, always emotionally and spiritually. We may long for the security of routine and the comfort of the planned, but we know that human life is defined by movement, and that growth often comes during times of change and challenge.

The psalms accompany us as we move through life, providing opportunities to acknowledge and articulate our innermost thoughts and deepest feelings. This morning we continue our journey (through life and the psalms) and consider the movement from abandonment to embrace, from depths to deliverance.

The psalmist declares that hard times are real and even to be expected, but they do not ultimately define us – the grace and care of God provides the larger framework for human life. The sermon will conclude with a rendition of the metrical Scottish paraphrase of Psalm 30 – ‘Come let us to the Lord our God with contrite hearts return; our God is gracious nor will leave the desolate to mourn’.

‘Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning’. It is not a statement of wishful thinking but of experience.

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