June 29

Daniel said, “My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me.” Daniel 6:22

We are persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:9

Daniel and the Lions’ Den is one of the first Old Testament stories that every child remembers from Sunday School. Daniel refused to stop praying to the one true God; therefore, his harsh punishment was to be thrown into a den of lions. Daniel continued to pray, and throughout the long night the lions did not touch him. Daniel was freed unharmed in the morning.

Faith is a seed that grows to fill our hearts, minds, and lives as long as we live. At times our faith is tested, but we have learned, as in the verse from 2 Corinthians, that we can suffer in many ways, but we cannot be destroyed. God is there; God knows our every trial and suffering; God hears our cries for help; God is on our sides; he cares; he redeems us, his children.

Will we have doubts, sorrows, and cares that seem too heavy to bear? We will, but we need to accept the help of those around us and believe that God is there for us and will not forsake us. God will never forsake us.

Dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

Thank you for being there for us even when we face difficulties greater than we ever thought we could bear. You protect us from the evil one. We are your beloved children, marked with your cross. We have nothing to fear. Amen.

Florence Smallfield