gratitude in the midst of moving house

My family is in the process of packing up our belongings to return to the UK. One of the things that we have had to do is optimise what we use each day because we’re going to be flying with a budget airline and can only carry so much stuff. That has meant that the ESV journaling Bible I have been using since November, with its margins covered in notes and highlights, has had to be packed into a box to be shipped.

I was sad at first. I’ve grown to really, really, love using a physical Bible. But I’m thankful that I live in a time where I still have access to the Word. I have multiple apps for Bible study on my Mac, iPad and iPhone. I’m not going without.

And the Digital Journaling Bible that Crossway released right around Christmas time is proving to be absolutely perfect for this time right now. So while things feel like complete chaos, at least I still have what keeps me grounded.


Full disclosure: I have a lot of friends who work for or with Crossway. I still paid either full or sale price for the stuff that I use, though I have received a couple of Study Bibles and a children’s devotional for free in the past.

a liturgy for family worship if your church is closed

Our sending church in America just announced that they are cancelling worship for the very first time. Our church here in Warsaw has moved online for the next two weeks. Everyone is concerned, borders are closed. Schools, museums, libraries… all closed.

Because worship has moved online, we won’t be singing together but we can still sing. So if you want a guide for worshipping with your family at home, here is a brief liturgy to start. Use this alongside a sermon livestream or recording.


The liturgy

Adoration

Read: Psalm 46

Sing: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Confession

Pray: Ask God to remind you again of what he has done in saving you. Confess that you have forgotten that even the current health crisis is within his control. Remember that we depend on our Father for everything.

Thanksgiving

Share what you are thankful for together as a family. Though the circumstances are scary and discouraging, this is a good time to spend with our children that we otherwise wouldn’t have.

Supplication

Sing: In Christ Alone

Pray: Ask for God’s continued provision. Ask for his will to be done and for his name to be glorified because he is our greatest good (Romans 8:18-30)