Monday, July 30th


But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.  I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain.  I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.  I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side. - Psalm 3:3-6

Dear Lord,

As I hear more and more about the activity of evil men and other random crazy people in my "village" I find myself more fearful for myself and my family.  Then I think of all the diseases and accidents that can assail us and I get nervous. The spiritual answer is to do what your psalmist does here.  I will tell you about my fears and I will lay my need for protection at the foot of your throne.  Oh, Lord, be my shield and cover my life with your angels at least three deep around me. Protect me and keep my loved ones safe, too. Since I have given you the charge of being my great protector, I will not spend any more energy worrying about it.  Instead, I will throw myself into loving and serving my family and friends.  Show me someone that I can shelter today.  And make me thankful and not envious as I live with all the blessings you give me.  


Worry and envy are fraternal devilish twins that rob the soul of life and vitality.  Slay them each day with faith in your benevolent God.

Additional Reading:  Hebrews 13