Feeling Vulnerable

So much has happened—and things continue to happen.

 I can’t stop the onslaught of bad news.

I can’t even protect and provide for my home and family.

I feel so powerless and vulnerable.

The world doesn’t seem safe anymore.

One reason pandemics are frightening is because they are beyond our control. We may know what’s happening, but we don’t know how severely the impact will affect us or how long it will last.

We don’t know when—or if—our lives will return to normal. For many of us, that uncertainty doesn’t feel good.

When we’re used to depending on our own ability and power to feel safe, we may feel especially vulnerable when a disaster takes that control away. But while we’re powerless to help ourselves, God, the creator of the heavens and the earth, remains powerful and good.

We become strong as we connect with God, the life-giving power of the universe.

The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses. Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere him. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.

We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.

Psalm 33:5–9, 20–22 The power and goodness of our almighty God can’t be diminished by any disaster that befalls us.

In which areas of vulnerability will you trust God to be your help and shield?

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