When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord rescues them from them all. He keeps all their bones; not one of them will be broken. Psalm 34: 17-20 (NRSV)
The Lord answer you in the day of trouble! The name of the God of Jacob protect you! Psalm 20: 1 (NRSV)
Victoria Walsh is from Montana. One night, she noticed some recurring medical symptoms that concerned her enough that she planned to call her doctor the next morning. For much of the evening, however, she was distraught - pacing the floor and imagining the worst.
As Victoria talked with the Lord about it, she noticed her attention shift to gratitude. She was grateful for the ability to connect with God as a close friend. These reflections eased her distress. She felt God in the ordinary moments of her evening as well: preparing a meal, washing the dishes, and walking to the store. These simple activities provided her with a sense of balance and comfort.
God answered her prayers for peace that night, and she knew God would continue to be with her. She was not disappointed. In the following days, Victoria watched again and again as the Lord worked through everyday moments to show her love: the happy greetings of her neighbor's dog, soothing cups of tea, hot showers, and peaceful rest at night. Just as Jesus used bread and wine as an invitation into his everlasting love (see Matthew 26:26-30), God continues to draw close to us through the ordinary. With God's blessing, the ordinary becomes an instrument of healing, restoration, and hope.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for transforming our common-place routines and experiences into conduits for your peace. Give us eyes to see your presence all around us, in Jesus' name. Amen.