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Monday, February 25, 2013

Today’s Reading | Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the hills—
     from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
     who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved;
     he who keeps you will not slumber.
He who keeps Israel
     will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
     the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
     nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil;
     he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
     your going out and your coming in
     from this time on and forevermore. (NRSV)


This passage reminds me of a time when I joined many Americans as an unemployed worker and was uncertain of myself and my future.

I remember calling a dear friend and telling her my employment was nearing the end. Without hesitation, she invited me over. I left my home with only keys and cab fare. Upon arriving at her home, she hugged me, fed me, shared the comfort of her family, and insisted I stay the night. When I woke in the morning, the clothes I wore were washed and folded; we enjoyed a healthy breakfast and ventured out for a bright day.

I remember bumping into a pastor on the street. He noticed it was out of place for me to be casually dressed in the city in the middle of a workday. When I explained my circumstance, he embraced me and offered prayer and help.

I remember reaching out to family, friends, former bosses and coworkers, and acquaintances of acquaintances. I reached out to people I knew. God introduced help from those I didn’t know. I am grateful to all for encouraging words, guidance, friendship, and prayer.

After I announced my new employment, one of my father’s friends wrote to me, “God has you right where he wants you.” God does indeed.

The Lord carefully placed his servants and circumstances in my path as I navigated my journey.

Where does my help come from? It comes from the Lord. He makes himself present every day and at all times. Thank you, Lord, for your omnipresent watch over me. Thank you, Lord, for gracing me with friendship and joy. Thank you, Lord, for preparing my heart to receive your help. Thank you, Lord, for your servants. I love you.


I want Jesus to walk with me. All along my pilgrim journey. In my troubles, Lord walk with me. When my life becomes a burden, Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me. Amen.
(from the African American spiritual “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me”)

Reflection written by Rebecca Nilsson, member of Fourth Presbyterian Church

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