The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace. – (Psalm 29:11, NIV)
May the Lord make His people strong. May the Lord bless His people with peace. – (Psalm 29:11, ERV)
God makes His people strong. God gives His people peace. – (Psalm 29:11, MSG)
After having been away for another long three weeks, this is exactly the reminder I need, prior to heading back to school to finish out the final three days of the school year. I know not what I will discover, as I reenter my classroom after my absence. Each time I have been away, I find myself nervous to return. It will be good to finish out the year, and I am looking forward to seeing my colleagues and students; there is simply a nervous anticipation in the waiting. God will give me the strength I need and provide His peace, if only I remember to slow down and breathe. This too, is part of the reason I rise as early as I do – extra time to process and prepare.
In the same way, God continues to give strength and peace to mom and Megan in Wenatchee. Yesterday was a leisurely Sunday, as they took care of practical things as well as enjoyed a visit with one of mom’s dearest friends. The fruit of all mom’s many months of labor is in full bloom, as her yard is bursting with color every direction the eye can see. Exposure to her yard over the last few months has certainly inspired me to dream about what to do with my own.
In all things, God is our strength and peace, and the One in Whom we can trust at all times.
The Lord makes us strong,
He grants strength of heart,
And oh how His peace,
Comes in and surrounds;
Calm to our chaos,
As His grace is found.
No matter what comes,
The Lord will be near;
Promised, His presence,
So, we need not fear.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are our strength and our peace. Thank You that You are with us wherever we go and whatever we do, so we need not fear with You. Forgive us for our anxiousness about what lies ahead when we cannot see past the first step. Teach us to trust You more, as You always make a way and never leave us nor forsake us. Show us how to love those around us in a way that offers strength and peace in places of unrest. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we trust You to be our strength and peace in all things and at all times. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
The Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace. – Numbers 6:26