Psalm 121:1-8 (NRSV)

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills— from where will my help come? 2 My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. 3 He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. 4 He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand. 6 The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. 8 The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.

Psalm 121:7 (NRSV)

7 The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.

DEVOTION – Bozhidarka Ivanova (Varna, Bulgaria)

One day a bird flew into our living room through an open door and was unable to find its way out.  It became very frustrated and bumped against the ceiling until its head began to bleed.  Finally, it stopped and perched on the curtain rod.  My daughter slowly reached out with her hand and gently grasped the little bird.  The bird then allowed my daughter to set it free.

Similarly, God watches us when we rush into obstacles in life.  These hardships, bad choices, and mistakes can cause damage and pain to our souls.  In the midst of anguish and distress, we may not always feel the tender hand of our Creator who watches over us and helps us in the right moment.  But if we have the wisdom to allow God to gently hold and guide us, our soul can be calmed as we experience God’s power and love.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God’s gentle hand reached toward us every day.

PRAYER: Thank you, God, for loving us.  Thank you for your willingness to always help us and to calm our fears.  We pray as Jesus taught us, saying, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen