1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—Psalm 121 (NIV)
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
(Click here for my recent reflections on Psalm 121.)
Most Holy Father,
Today I come before You with gratitude for Your provision and protection. As I look at the world that You, the Maker of heaven and earth, have created, I am humbled. I realize how small and limited I am. I see how little control I really have. You alone are my help. Thank You for guarding my path and keeping me from slipping. Help me to trust You more deeply when anxiety threatens, remembering that You never slumber nor sleep. Help me to see my limits more clearly and to embrace them as gifts from You, knowing that I don’t need to have all the answers or be everything to all people. That is Your job. I thank You that in a world full of both beauty and dangers that You are watching over each of us. I lift up those who are in harm’s way today, asking for Your protection over them and that they may experience Your guarding presence. Watch over not only my coming and going, but theirs as well. In this broken and fallen world, help me to remember to pray not only for my own protection and needs, but those of my family, neighbors, community, and the wider world. Make me and the rest of Your body an instrument of Your love that shows that world how trustworthy You are. In Your Son’s name I pray, Amen.
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