Saturday, February 21, 2009

Current Events

I've never been very interested in politics, the economy, or current events. I would rather focus on how to best take care of those I love. However, lately it seems like I've been bombarded with the news from all sides. When I sort through my 4 Sunday papers to gather coupons, the headlines break my heart. When I log on to a website, the "Top News Stories" gadget calls out doom and gloom through the work of terrorists. When I go to church, we pray for those who lives are in turmoil from the economic crisis.

It's so easy to become so thoroughly engrossed in the headlines that we lose focus on what's important. Anxiety fills our hearts, and we lose sleep as we consider what options we have to pay the mortgage, keep our families safe, or put food in our children's mouths. But our God has given us a heart of courage and hope, not fear. I desperately want to protect my children, but his desire to love and protect us is exponentially greater! Have faith and rejoice that God is good, and His love surpasses imagination.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust."

Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge:
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you make the Most High your dwelling -
even the Lord, who is my refuge -
then no harm will befall you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

"Because he loves me," says the Lord, "I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life will I satisfy him
and show him my salvation." (Psalm 91)

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