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May 15th, 2020

Chapel – 5/15/20

Mrs. Winter can attest to this – I am not “into” poetry. My understanding is limited and I read it poorly. Poetry units in high school English classes damaged my gpa, and that is the truth. Yet this poem by Donald Deffner caught my attention. It is written in free form, at least that’s what I think it is called. It is meant to be read out loud. Give it a try.

I’m always
watching over you
Like a helicopter
high above a train
rounding curves
on a mountain
I see
where you have been
where you are now
and what’s ahead
So don’t be afraid
For I know
what’s around the corner
in your life
No need to fear
I am near

An unknown but God-inspired writer composed these words that often catch my attention.

Psalm 121 (ESV)
I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for watching over me. Forgive me when I fail to trust in your promise to care for me. Grant me peace this day. Amen.

Song: Praise You in This Storm by Casting Crowns

Contributed by: Dr. John Brandt

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