Say to the Lord, “You are my refuge and my fortress,
my God in whom I trust.”
I’d abstained from attending to the news for a few days in an effort to give my emotions a rest. When I began to watch again, my heartache returned immediately. In the midst of a follow-up report on a protest-related shooting, I had to walk away. When I turned from the television, our wall of family photos caught my eye. Without thinking, I looked at our grandchildren’s pictures and said aloud, “I hope we can fix this before you grow up and I hope each of you sees to it that we’re never ever again in a mess like this.” My tears flowed freely as I acknowledged that the violence referenced in that news report has become far too commonplace these days…
I began working my way through Psalm 91 with yesterday’s reflection and I’ll continue to do so for a while longer. This particular Psalm celebrates God’s care for each one of us. In the midst of this world’s ongoing unrest, it seems appropriate to acknowledge God’s very real love and concern for us. It also seems appropriate for me and for all of us to challenge ourselves to counter that unrest by sharing God’s love at every opportunity. Our simple attempts to insert calm and peace into the moments at hand are a great way to start.
Dear God, you are our refuge and our strength. Help us to be the same for one another.
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