I called to the Lord in distress;
the Lord answered me
and put me in a spacious place.
Psalm 118:5 (CSB)
We watch the news, scroll through social media feeds, and violence screams from our screens. School shootings seem to be happening more often than we’d like to count, and we ache and wail for all that’s been lost and taken away over and over again. We mourn the loss of our children. We ache for our communities, for our cities. We worry for our future and for what tomorrow will bring; we are in distress.
Distress brings anxiety, and anxiety seeps into our bodies and minds and makes it hard for us to breathe. The walls seem to close in on us. We don’t seem to have anywhere to go or anyone to look to. Our souls, heavy with burden, can only take so much weight, and we cry out, Lord! help us!
He answers. He brings us into a spacious place. Imagine standing in a grass field that goes on for miles. In that wide open space, you know that God is with you, that you don’t need to be afraid — even though you are afraid, even though you’re grieving and aching and angry. Even then. Close your eyes and feel the tears stream down your face. God is standing in that grass field with you. Breathe, and in His presence, in your exhale, let His peace ground you.
How can we pray for you?
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