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Read Psalm 121:1-8 

No! Israel’s protector never sleeps or rests!—Psalm 121:4 (CEB) 

As a child, I was sometimes plagued by vivid nightmares. Once when I was eight or nine, I awoke terrified though I could not remember what had frightened me. It was still fairly early in the evening, but I had been asleep for some time and was quite disoriented. I stumbled to my bedroom door. When I opened it, I could see down the hall into our living room. My father was still awake, sitting quietly in his chair reading the newspaper. 

Even now, decades later, I remember the feeling of peace that came over me seeing my father there. He didn’t notice me, but his presence reminded me of the many times he had protected and calmed me in the past. Based on this history of faithfulness and love, I knew that I was safe. I quietly went back to bed and quickly fell asleep. 

When I think back on the moment, it reminds me that our God never sleeps. God is always aware of us. God knows our needs and stands ready to come to our aid. We are never far from God. That is truly a reason to be at peace. 

Prayer: Ever-vigilant God, thank you for your constant care and protection. In times of trouble, help us to remember your faithfulness. Amen. 

Thought for the day: God is never far from me. 

Lisa Stackpole, Wisconsin