Read | Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength,

    an ever-present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way

    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

though its waters roar and foam

    and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

    the holy place where the Most High dwells.

God is within her, she will not fall;

    God will help her at break of day.

Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;

    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us;

    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the Lord has done,

    the desolations he has brought on the earth.

He makes wars cease

    to the ends of the earth.

He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;

    he burns the shields with fire.

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;

    I will be exalted among the nations,

    I will be exalted in the earth.”

The Lord Almighty is with us;

    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Respond | Gabrielle Dearduff

Have you ever had a conversation with a five-year-old? It's often full of imagination, wonder, and play. "What's that?" "Pretend you did this..." "Look at this!" 


When kids have developed a healthy attachment to their parent(s), they trust everything is taken care of. They know they are safe because their parent is near. Kids don't usually worry about the family bills, future jobs, or even their meals.


At some point in our lives, we become fixated on survival. We stop taking the same risks we once took as children. The risk to look at the world with curiosity and wonder becomes harder to come by as we are taught to hustle and find security in every area of our lives. We search for security in a good paycheck, in religious practices, in relationships, and in our societal status. The hustle is real! This is not to negate the value of hard work, but it is to say our worth is not derived from what we do. 


Our worth is found in being a child of God—we are already loved. Psalm 46 reminds us: God fights for us. God chooses us, knows us, and loves us. There are troubles in life, but God cares for our well-being. Romans 8:37-39 acknowledges the reality of everything we worry about, "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."


God's posture toward us is love. Jesus points to children and says, "The kingdom of God belongs to such as these." What would it look like to embody a childlike faith in our day-to-day lives? What would we risk if we truly believed we are fully loved? 


Merciful God, I am concerned about a lot of things and I worry about my life constantly. Remind me that you care for the birds and the flowers. You care for me, too! Teach me to trust you and seek your kingdom first. Fill my life with wonder and joy. You are near and hold us steady, and we thank you. Amen.