“Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, faith looks up.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Because we live in this fallen world, we will have moments when we look back with sorrow and look around in worry. It’s a natural reaction to the heartaches we face. When we first moved to West Texas, everyone was so friendly. Complete strangers would smile, strike up a conversation, or ask me how I liked a particular product I was purchasing. Now, with everyone masked up and anxious about getting
the plague, Coronavirus, I rarely see a smile or get the opportunity for those random, friendly meetings. I grieve. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way.
To top it off, we are nearing the results of a vicious election year, beset with division, rioting, economic strain, and definite uncertainty. Like grief, anxiety is off the charts!!!
There is no getting around these times of worry and weariness. What should distinguish us as followers of Jesus is not how we feel, but how we choose to proceed. Faith doesn’t wallow in sadness, nor wander in anxiety—faith walks with Jesus.
Usually I choose a theme centered around peace or thanksgiving for the month of November (and if you’re looking for those themes, feel free to click those links and download!), but since the strain of 2020 still weighs heavily on all of us, I thought it would be beneficial to segue from October’s theme of “Witness to God’s Faithfulness” to what people of faith did when sorrow weighed them down. There were so many examples and Psalms to choose from, it was difficult to have this short list! Because we are entering the holiday season, I’ve also included a few catch-up days.
To download a full-page list, click the link below:
We also have tracing and copying sheets for your younger scripture writers! (Thank you again to Sara McBroom for taking the time to make these!)
If you are just getting started in scripture writing and need some helpful tips & tricks, check out this article: How to Use Scripture Writing Plans.
It’s easy to get up on all that is going wrong in our lives and the world around us. Do not lose heart; look up!