A SAFE PLACE
Read Psalm 91: 1-4
The peace of God, which surpasses all
understanding, will guard your hearts
and your minds in Christ Jesus.
When I was a young girl, at times I found my home to
be a frightening place because my mother was an alcoholic.
I often sought refuge outside in the large lilac bushes that
grew behind our house. Their dense leaf-covered branches
stretched high before bending over toward the ground. At
the base of the bushes, among their trunks and shoots, was
a small open space where I could hide. My hiding place was
dark, but I could see the bright sunlight through the branches.
Yet no one could see me. Beneath the lilac bushes was my
safe place, where l felt protected.
As an adult, I sometimes find the world to be a frighten-
ing place. The news is full of terrible tragedies: earthquakes,
floods, fires, epidemics, terrorist acts, senseless killings, finan-
cial collapses. However, I no longer need to find a physical
hiding place where I can somehow escape from the world.
Through Jesus Christ, I’ve been blessed with the “peace of
God, which surpasses all understanding.”
Jesus assured us that he
will be with us no matter
where we are or what we
experience. Christ loves us.
Christ is our safe place.
Prayer: Dear Lord, when the problems and trials of the world
overwhelm us, remind us of your faithfulness. Help us to trust
Marilou Reed (Florida)
Prayer Focus: FAMILIES AFFECTED BY ALCOHOLISM
— Philippians 4: 7 (NRSV)
Thought for the Day
True peace comes from God.