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Read Psalm 121

My heart leapt when I saw Psalm 121 had been assigned to me.  “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills….”  These poetic words not only drip beauty and comfort, they also hold a treasure of memory.  So many times have I read this psalm at a graveside with the beloveds gathered round, embraced by God’s green hills.  These are traveling words of blessing for the saints to carry with them on their journey home. “He will not let your foot slip….”

Some denominations pray this psalm at infant baptisms.  As the young ones are washed in grace, these words of promise surround them for their journey through life.  “The Lord is your keeper…”

This is a Psalm for sojourners.  Whether we live or whether we die, “our help comes from the Lord.”  Wherever we journey, the living presence of God moves beside us every step of the way.  As we walk through these days of Lent toward the shadow of the cross, even there, “the Lord will keep your life.”

O God who travels with us, keep our going out and our coming in from this time on and forevermore.

Sarah Webb

Wheeling, WV

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