Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, to observe your righteous ordinances. I am severely afflicted; give me life, O Lord, according to your word. Accept my offerings of praise, O Lord, and teach me your ordinances. I hold my life in my hand continually, but I do not forget your law. The wicked have laid a snare for me, but I do not stray from your precepts. Your decrees are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart. I incline my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the end. Psalm 119: 105-112 (NRSV)
On the way home while on a walk, Roger Brannon, from Florida, became disoriented and got lost. Because he is blind, he relied on the position of the sun and on cardinal directions from his talking compass to find his way home. Truncated domes - raised bumps on sidewalks indicating an intersection - also helped him orient himself. Once he got those marks fixed in his mind and under his feet, he resumed his walk. By God's grace, Roger got home safely.
Just as Roger relied on his compass and truncated domes to guide him, we all need God's word to guide our steps as we face challenges and obstacles. Reading and meditating on the word of God will guide us through whatever we encounter, and we can share this gift of the gospel to help others find their way.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to focus on your word and your grace as we face life's challenges. We pray the prayer Jesus taught us, "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. 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). In Jesus' name, amen.