November 6

Psalm 17:6-9

“Guard me as the apple of the eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings, from the wicked who despoil me, my deadly enemies who surround me.” vss. 8-9

We live in a dangerous world and the psalmist knew it–likely he’d experienced the pain and suffering that can come our way. He craved the assurance of God’s protection in time of danger and so do we all! We know that we are precious to God, each of us are crafted in God’s image, and we bear the stamp of the divine. The light of Christ dwells within us! Surely then, it will be as the psalmist prayed, we will be guarded as the apple of God’s eye. Indeed that is our most fervent prayer–”deliver us from evil–save us from the time of trial.” Again and again we pray, and not only for ourselves, but for those we love so much–children, grandchildren, dear friends. “O Lord God,” we ask daily, “keep these dear ones safe. Guard them and keep them from any harm.” Mostly we don’t know what else to do. We only know that these dear children of God are precious, and we can’t by our own efforts, keep them safe. We are forced by our own inadequacy to offer them up to God’s care, knowing full well that sometimes our prayers are not enough and ugly things happen. But still we keep on praying–quite literally, there is nowhere else that we can go, nothing more that can be done! O Lord have mercy–and hear our prayer!

Thought for the Day: Why do we keep praying for those we love?

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