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)
Today, this is a reminder to myself. We have arrived at the midpoint of the busiest week of the season, as it is the final week of school, prior to Christmas break. In our household, that means grocery and errand running had to be done last evening, there is a gymnastics meet tonight, and tomorrow evening, two of our boys have a holiday music concert, each following a full day of school/work and coaching (or in my husband’s case, commuting). By Friday, we all will be ready for a long winter’s nap. Though each day feels a bit like a marathon, God provides the strength that is needed to navigate each day, and His peace along the way. The challenge is to slow down, take a deep breath, and allow His strength and peace to flood our hearts so that there is no room for chaos and doubt and weariness. May we ever fix our eyes and hearts on the Lord to be our strength, as He provides what we need to navigate each new day, and grants us His perfect peace along the way.
The Lord grants us strength,
Where all strength seems gone;
Grants us what we need,
To keep keeping on.
And more than His strength,
He blesses with peace;
Brings calm to chaos,
As love is released.
No matter the time,
Day, week or season;
Hope ever abounds,
God’s grace shows reason.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You give us strength and bless us with peace. Thank You that even on our days that we feel weary and worn, You come and provide what we need to keep moving forward. Thank You that as we trust in You, You meet us wherever we are, and demonstrate Your faithfulness; always. Forgive us for our lack of faith when chaos comes. Teach us to turn to You in trust, allowing You room to move in and through us. Show us how to love those around us in ways that extend strength and peace where it is lacking. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we trust You, thank You and give You praise for Your goodness throughout all of our days. 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