Day 9

December 11

Psalm 107:1-9

"O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. 2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from trouble 3 and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. 4 Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to an inhabited town; 5 hungry and thirsty,
their soul fainted within them. 6 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress; 7 he led them by a straight way, until they reached an inhabited town. 8 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind. 9 For he satisfies the thirsty, and the hungry he fills with good things."

Praise in Solidarity  

by Ronda Bond, Ed.D.

I’m quite sure that most of us would agree that it can be difficult to be cheerful when life presents us with tribulation. Even more trying is the attempt to keep the faith, while hoping for better days. These moments can often seem overwhelming, isolating, and never-ending. They can cause our faith to feel shaken and yet it is in these seasons of tribulation that our connection to a faith community is most crucial. Why? Because our faith community is a space where we are intentionally reminded of the loving and faithful God we serve. This reassurance gives us the strength we need to persevere through challenging times.   

The goodness and grace of God is of no doubt in my mind. It is available to every soul in this universe. I have personally experienced God’s infinite love, grace, and faithfulness whether things were going well, or life was presenting me with valley moments. As a believer in Christ, I do my best to encourage others to persevere and have faith that God sees and cares for us in the good and bad seasons of our lives. The Psalmist is sharing a similar message. There were people from four different regions, suffering from quite different circumstances and yet they came together to praise God for deliverance from these circumstances while encouraging those still suffering to have faith that things will change when we seek God for relief.   

 It is not lost on me that the Psalmist intentionally mentions that the people were from all regions of the land. They journeyed through the wilderness together, in solidarity. Keep in mind, their woes of life were quite different, but that does not seem to matter. Together, they suffered and cried out to the Lord for deliverance from their distresses. No one is saying, “we have it worse than you” or “our request for relief should come first”.  No, instead, they share their experiences with one another, grieve together, comfort one another, and then they petition God to be free from their burdens – in solidarity and in faith. When their deliverance came, together they sang, danced, and declared the goodness of the Lord!   

 What a powerful experience that must have been! It is a beautiful blessing to have a safe community that encourages us to keep the faith through our valley moments and celebrate with us when God delivers. O Give Thanks unto the Lord my brothers and sisters because God is good, and faithful, forever, Amen!  

About the Author

Ronda Bond, Ed.D.

Ronda Bond, Ed.D.

Ronda Bond, Ed.D., has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and joined the Honors College this fall, serving as the Assistant Director of Baylor Interdisciplinary Core Programs and Admissions. Her areas of expertise are admissions, advising, and retention. She is passionate about working with first-generation college students as she herself is a first-generation college graduate. 

Bond believes that care and advocacy for her team and for students are priorities that complement each other. She allows her faith to inform her work as a servant leader in higher education and in the larger community. Dr. Bond is a Marvel and Star Wars fan who enjoys spending time with her family, reading cozy mystery novels and cooking.