In my distress I called upon the LORD...He heard my voice from His temple. (From the Introit for Septuagesima)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Our lives are full of distress. What do you do when the devil, the world and your flesh attack you? Call upon the Lord! Cry out to Him! Pray, praise and give thanks. Cry out for the Lord to save you. But the question is: Does He hear you? Will He pay attention? The Introit we will sing tomorrow says He will!
The Lord answers from His temple. Where is His temple? Wherever Jesus is. Where's that? Where the Gospel (that Jesus died for you) is preached and the Sacraments are given faithfully. Where you hear that Christ has died and risen for you? Where washing and Supper are your life.
All during the week you have cried out to God in your distress. Boyfriend or girlfriend trouble. Parents not getting along. Fighting with your brothers and sisters. Things not right with your friends. Temptations galore for drugs, sex, cheating, stealing, causing trouble. Whatever your distresses, cry out to the Lord.
Tomorrow, in His house, He will answer all those cries. He will answer them as the Pastor makes the sign of the cross over you and speaks your Baptismal name. The Lord will answer as his preacher announces that whatever sins you've done are now gone from God's sight. The Lord will answer as your pastor preaches and the liturgy and hymns fill your ears with the rock solid promises of God in Christ. The Lord will answer when He Himself shows up and His body and blood are given you to eat and drink. Cry out in your distress. Tomorrow in the Lord's house, He hears and answers in such a way that all your enemies are defeated, sent running and scurrying, and overcome.
There's no distress where you can't cry to the Lord. And there's not distress in this life that isn't answered and overcome by Jesus' holy gifts. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.
Since He is ours, We fear no power, Not of earth nor sin nor death. He sees and blesses In worst distresses; He can change them with a breath. Wherefore the story Tell of His glory With hearts and voices; All heav'n rejoices In Him forever: Alleluia! We shout for gladness, Triumph o'er sadness, Love Him and praise Him and still shall raise Him Glad hymns forever: Alleluia! (LSB 818:2)