Read Luke 8:22-25 —John 14:27 (NIV)

Jesus said to his disciples, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

God, please help me. My father had just passed away and I was careening on an emotional roller coaster. One minute I felt all right, and the next I was in a deep pit of anguish and despair. Later on that day while driving on an errand I realized that I needed to pray for God’s peace that passes all understanding. (See Phil. 4:7.) After I did so, I continued on my errand. As I returned home, I talked to someone about my struggle. She gently reminded me of the peace that God so readily gives. Another women also prayed for peace for me. These experiences helped me to realize that God’s peace would get me through this time in my life. Although I still miss my father tremendously, I know that I am not alone in the midst of my anguish. God gives me strength and peace to carry me through any storm. We face many storms in life. At times, it feels as if the pain is so deep that it will overwhelm us. We may feel alone in the depths of our despair. However, God has promised to never leave us or forsake us. When we pray in the midst of the storm, God will grant us peace that passes all understanding.

Prayer—Dear heavenly Father, thank you for always being there for us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Thought for the Day—I am never alone because God has promised never to leave me.

Jodi Wheeler (Arizona)