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Life can feel scattered.

When everything else beckons for our attention — schoolwork, jobs, family, sports, and future endeavors — we might push faith aside.

But faith is supposed to be in the center of our lives.

In simple daily tasks — reading the Bible, caring for others, eating together, and praying — we are drawn closer to God and to each other.

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You set a table for me right in front of my enemies. You bathe my head in oil; my cup is so full it spills over! Yes, goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the Lord’s house as long as I live.

Psalm 23:5-6

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Have you ever experienced a bully at school or in your neighborhood? They always have the quickest remarks that cut to the bone. It is difficult to fight their determination to be mean without turning into a mean person too.

Well, the good news of Psalm 23 is that God is our help in the face of enemies. God loves us so much that we will receive a banquet right in front of the mean people who want bad things for us. God wants our good. And if God wants our good, who can do or say anything about it? We are going to live in God’s house where the words and actions of our enemies can't reach us anymore.

I believe that those people who wanted mean things for us are loved by God too. And that's great — really! They are going to experience God’s love and sit there right alongside of us eating that heavenly banquet, no longer as enemies but as friends. That is what faith tells me. Here’s to the transformative power of Love and to new friends!

Deborah Guy

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Holy God, help me to always live a life of faith. Thank you for the eternal banquet to come. Amen.

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Remember: Faith is the essence of life.

Deborah Hurd Guy

Deborah Guy is a freelance writer and instructor. She lives in Georgia with her cat Midnight. Her hobbies include writing poetry, reading, and rescuing animals. She is currently working on a book explaining how church people and others can truly help the poor. It will be created based on research both from the academic literature and sociological interviews. She wants to get past the middle class values that shape what people are willing to do for the poor and get at what people really need.

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