Every day throughout the pandemic, I have prayed for "shielded protection and safety" for my family, friends, church, community, nation, and world, in the hope that we might be free from--and unaffected by--the Coronavirus.
The other day, as I pondered this request for physical wellness, it occurred to me that it might be a good idea to pray for spiritual health and wellness, too.
We can wear face shields and masks, use hand sanitizer, practice handwashing, maintain proper physical distancing. These act as barriers--"outisde shields" to keep us safe. But, spiritually-speaking, we need to be shielded on the "inside," too.
Perhaps you've seen the recent headlines? A percentage of Coronavirus patients develop anxiety or depression within three months after diagnosis. Not surprisingly, cases of anxiety and depression have also surged for those who do not have Covid, with all that 2020 has brought our way.
Our world is full of uncertainty right now, but one thing that remains constant and unfailing is God's Word and His love for us. The following verses taken from the Book of Psalms describe the shielded protection and safety that faith in God provides for us:
For comfort, from Psalms 28:7: "The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him."
When you seek refuge, from Psalms 91:4, "He will cover you with His pinions, And under His wings you may seek refuge, His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark."
When you seek strength, from Psalms 18:2, "The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, My shield and the horn of my Salvation, my stronghold."
My hope for you this week is that you will be encouraged and uplifted through God's Word. May you awaken each morning, feeling safe and secure--through His Word and through His love for you.
Through God's Word!"
Find inner peace through Positive Thought, through Faith in God and through God's Word.