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It has been rather a tumultuous week in our area, especially regarding the weather, with floods affecting many parts of South Yorkshire. Many affected by the floods in 2007 have faced anxious times wondering if their homes will again be flooded and pictures from Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham and parts of Barnsley have shown that it will be some time before any kind of normality will be seen. It has been very strange hearing such familiar names as Bentley, Fishlake, Meadowhall and Parkgate on national news and understanding something of the devastation caused first-hand, rather than being detached from such news because it is happening ‘somewhere else.’

In addition, some church members are facing difficult times regarding job situations and others are facing health problems. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed when such things happen and particularly when more than one situation hits us with force. We are often left reeling, wondering how to adjust and how to cope.

God’s word reminds us, however, that God is an ever-present help in times of trouble. (Ps 46:1) Ps 121 is a particular comfort at times of bewilderment and confusion, reminding us that ‘my help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth’ (Ps 121:2, see also Ps 124:8) and that the Lord watches over us and guards us (Ps 121:5-8). We may well feel battered and anxious, but we are not left alone in any difficulty. God has promised to help us, deliver us and save us (see Ps 37:40, Ps 40:13, 17; Ps 60:5). As we call out to God for help, we can be sure He will provide it!