On every side, the LORD’S messenger
protects those who honor God.
Some time ago while driving on the main highway in
the eastern zone of my country, I noticed a car in the right
lane traveling at a very
low speed with its hazard
lights on. I immediately
thought the car was having
But as it turned out, it was
an escort vehicle for a
cyclist in training. The vehicle remained behind the cyclist,
prepared to help with any mechanical problems and safe-
guarding the athlete against any physical danger from other
As I reflected on this image I thought of today’s reading.
Just as the Lord’s messenger watches over us, God is vigilant
in other situations in our lives. God’s watchfulness does not
mean that we are exempt from life’s ups and downs, but we
can be certain that God is present. God will watch over us
and surround us with goodness and mercy to sustain us.
Prayer: Merciful God, thank you for your loving care and
faithfulness. As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Our Father in
heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your
will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our
daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have
forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6: 9-13, niv). Amen.
Agueda Suarez (Dominican Republic)
Prayer Focus: CYCLISTS
Thought for the Day
I can rely on God’s steadfast
love and faithfulness.