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The world is changing. When time passes between meetings, you see that friends and family are changing too.

And you are changing as well.

In these next moments, open your heart to God, who is seeking more than change in you, but transformation—something truly new.

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Listen

I lift up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.

He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.

Psalm 121

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Think

The Hebrew root word translated “keep” means to guard, to protect, to take care of someone or something. It implies looking out for someone else’s best interests, keeping another from harm or injury, watching out for his or her welfare. In order to “keep” someone in this way, you must pay attention. You have to intentionally regard the other seriously, personally, continually. You have to care.

God cared for Abraham. God cared for Nicodemus. God cared for Jesus. God cares for me. Faith is living like you are God’s person. Faith is living your life trusting God every day. Faith includes living by God’s rules and trusting God to love you and forgive you when you mess up. Faith means living like Jesus.

God is my keeper—in a good way. God keeps me constantly in sight, protecting me always. God keeps me from evil. God keeps me surrounded by care and provision when I am awake and while I sleep.

Sharon Ely Pearson

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Pray

Lord, you watch over my comings and goings. With the decisions I make, keep me safe. Watch over those I love. Help me to care for others as much as you care for me. Amen.

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Go

God's light is powerful, revealing
The way to new life,
A new birth by the power of the Spirit.

Walk into your day, then, with new questions
Received with infinite love,
Leading towards a life of righteousness.

God's steadfast care will provide.

Sharon Ely Pearson

Sharon Ely Pearson is an editor and the Christian formation specialist with Church Publishing Incorporated. She is the co-author of Call on Me: A Prayer Book for Young People and co-editor of Marked for Mission: Youth in Action. She lives in Norwalk, Connecticut.

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