The world can be a scary place, and in our anxiety we sometimes turn towards things that hold no real safety.
We serve a God in whom we find our true solace. Take some time now to turn to God, and put your fears aside.next >
Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them. Full of honor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever.
Psalm 111:1-3next >
So what has God done for you lately? Picture yourself in your favorite outdoors spot — the beach, the park, the mountains — on a great day in your favorite season. Okay, the universe isn’t all for you or all about you, but you have to admit it’s a pretty amazing place, eh?
Imagine looking inside your body — oxygen molecules being snagged by red blood cells as they pass through your lungs, zillions of little chemical-electrical sparks that enable you to remember your dog’s name and the names of the 1st ten presidents, all those things that happen without decisions, like heartbeats and breathing, that keep you alive and thinking. What an amazing, busy little universe your body is!
Or think of group pictures — you, with your friends and family, you and all those people who love you and bug you and make your life awful sometimes and wonderful other times, but mostly make your life go on.
Praise God for all God’s works!
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O God, you are amazing! You do awesome things. Help me to see them today. Amen.next >
You are going out now into a dangerous world.
But walk on with confidence,
Knowing that your God is with you,
More powerful than any evil influence,
More trustworthy than any pretender.
Richard Vinson teaches religion at Salem College and New Testament for Union Presbyterian Seminary (Charlotte campus). He is a native of Alabama. He and his wife, Diane Lipsett, between them have five sons, one daughter-in-law, a 5-year-old grandson, a dog, and two cats.
Hold Me in Your Hand, Lord, Teach Me How to Live