Ponder Anew

Susan Damon

READ : Psalm 36:1-9

The history of the Old Testament Hebrew people is pocked with warfare, from the time of Joshua right on through to the southern tribes being carried into exile by the Babylonians. As in Israel today, the people lived their lives in the shadow of violence.

Yet, also ever present in Israel’s history was God, rescuing and preserving His fickle, rebellious, but still beloved, people. The central redemptive act in Old Testament history was the Exodus from Egypt.

Nearly all of the members of our church over the age of 50 were born in Holland. They can relate better than many of us can to the Hebrew story, for they too experienced firsthand the horrors and privations of war, and the difficulties, losses and uncertainties of emigrating to a new land. But they are also like the Hebrews in having experienced, sometimes in startling ways, God’s protection and provision.

I was privileged to visit some of our church’s older members and hear their stories. This month I present some of those stories to you as opportunities for reflection on our own call to obedient faith, and as testimonies to the providential care of our God. Let us “ponder anew what the Almighty can do.” All praise to God!


Great is Your faithfulness, O God. May Your mercies never cease to amaze us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.