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Finding Strength

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“The Lord maketh the hood to dwell: and the Lord shall sit king for ever. The Lord will give strength to his people: the Lord will bless his people with peace.” – Psalm 29:11, Douay-Rheims

Sam knew his son wasn’t feeling well but he thought his toddler was just fighting off a virus. But after a few days, his son wasn’t better and Sam took him to the doctor. The doctor immediately admitted the child to the local children’s hospital.

Sam watched helplessly as his little boy became sicker and sicker. His wife became fearful and he didn’t know how to comfort her. His other children were scared and kept asking when their brother was coming home.

Sam didn’t have an answer. He was busy trying to be strong for his family. He didn’t want to let them down. But he was scared, too.

After another grueling round of testing, his son finally fell asleep in his wife’s arms. Sam slipped out of the tiny hospital room and went to the cafeteria. His stomach twisted at the smell of the food though and he headed outside instead.

He walked into the courtyard and fell to his knees. He’d never felt more lost or alone. He wasn’t even sure what to pray.

That’s when he heard a mechanical whir noise and he turned to see an older man in a motorized wheelchair. The man gave Sam a small smile and asked him about his day.

Sam poured out his heart to the stranger, sharing all his fears and his sadness. When he was done, the other man gently encouraged him.

By the time, he left to check on his son again, Sam felt refreshed and peaceful. That conversation has given him the strength he needed to keep fighting for his family.

Reflection Questions: Have you ever had an experience when God gave you the gift of peace when you really needed it?

God, I need strength to keep going. I feel overwhelmed and I need help. Please give me strength and peace so I can rest in You.

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