4 Some wandered in desert wastelands,
    finding no way to a city where they could settle.
5 They were hungry and thirsty,
    and their lives ebbed away.
6 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress. 

“For crying out loud!” was my dad’s expression when things got difficult during my childhood fifty years ago. Surprisingly, the minister’s sermon today was not about who did the crying, but on Whom responds if direct our crying out to Him. From Psalm 107 (NIV), in times of trouble we can be comforted if we cry out to the One who responds. And in turn, God wants us to share our rescue story with others.

2 Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—

After I had passed off participating (ushering) in our first outdoor service in quite some time, Jesus, in the form of our minister, asked me whether I might then consider helping in another fashion. Due to a Brother’s illness, if I was not leading the ushers, would I instead lead a couple volunteers to direct people arriving for the service? And so I helped organize the parking at the small neighborhood park. The Grace lifeline is not just for the spiritually- floundering, but like today, helped anchor my own willingness to serve others.

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