Do not, O LORD, withhold your mercy from me; let your steadfast love and your faithfulness keep me safe for ever. Psalm 40:11 NRSV

Thought

When you attune your inmost heart to the gifts of grief, you discern with gratitude every manifestation of God’s faithfulness. God is faithful; God continuously protects you. God watches over you, especially if you live alone—perhaps for the first time in life. God is faithful; God gives you an extra measure of strength and forbearance. You ask yourself in amazement, “How did I do that?” “Did I really accomplish that?” The faithfulness of God blesses you and keeps you safe forever.

Prayer

God, though I have wandered through grief at times apart from you, you have never withheld your mercy from me. Thank you for the spiritual haven of safety in your abiding faithfulness. Amen.

Assurance

I am safe in the faithfulness of God.

Originally published in Beyond the Broken Heart - Daily Devotions for Your Grief Journey,
Abingdon Press 2012