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05/10/2019

A spiritual comment and prayer to start the day with writer and blogger on mental health issues and faith Emma Scrivener.

A spiritual comment and prayer to start the day with writer and blogger on mental health issues and faith, Emma Scrivener

Good morning.

My daughter has a toy dinosaur called Derek; and where she goes, he follows. She told him she loved him long before she said it to me - and he makes her feel safe – especially in new and daunting situations; like starting school.

Toddlers cling to toys to give them a sense of security, especially during times of challenge and change. Yet as adults we sometimes do the same thing. When we're overwhelmed by loss or transition; we hold onto familiar routines or habits to keep us safe.

Our need for security is one of the themes of the Old Testament book of Joshua. Israel has just lost its great leader, Moses. Now Joshua is called to take his place, right when God's people are facing their greatest challenge. Leading God’s people across the Jordan is an enormous and terrifying task. So the Lord encourages Joshua with these words, "As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:5-9)

As we step into a new week, here’s a wonderful promise to hold onto. God offers us a far greater security than grown-up toys or routines. He promises to be with us and He gives us himself.

Thank you that you are our security, whatever we face today and wherever we go. Help us to walk in your strength and to place our trust and hope, fully in you. In Jesus’ name.

Amen.

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