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Look up and seek God

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Light for the Way devotional seriesWe invite you to take a peek inside our weekly Light for the Way devotional series provided for staff.

By Chaplain Jen Johnson, Optage Hospice

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains –
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.”
—Psalm 121:1-2, NIV

In big and small ways, we all need help each day. It may be help from a co-worker, a family member, a friend or a professional. But sometimes, that help is not enough, and we need to look beyond human help — we need to look to God.

Today’s Scripture passage from Psalm 121 is a good reminder of this. In times of trouble, we may tend to look down, to focus on our troubles. The mountains are a reminder that we are to look up. Up to the Maker of heaven and the earth, up to the one with wisdom and understanding.

The psalm goes on to remind us that God is our protector, stating “He will not let your foot slip.” When you build your life on God and his word, you have a firm foundation.

We are also reminded that God is always on call. You can pray at any time, and he always hears you. Moreover, God is close beside us and accompanies us every step of the way. God always protects us – day and night, and not just now, but forevermore.

It is comforting to know that God watches over every aspect of our lives. God doesn’t say we will never have difficult times or troubles, but rather that the troubles will never be bigger than what he can do for us.

Take comfort in knowing the Maker of heaven and earth cares for you, provides for you and is here to help.

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains –
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.”

Chaplain Jen JohnsonPastor Jen Johnson serves as a chaplain and a supervisor with Optage Hospice. She began with PHS in 2015 as a clinical pastoral education (CPE) intern and joined the Optage Hospice team in 2016. Jen and her husband Greg reside in South Minneapolis along with a son who is a high school senior, a daughter who is in 8th grade, a dog and a cat.

The Light for the Way series provides staff with an examination of a biblical reading to deepen our focus on scripture. Thank you for engaging with this series as we seek wisdom through prayer and reflection as a Christian Ministry.

Find more in the Light for the Way series:

Returning to give thanks
Get to know us: a Christian ministry
Introducing Light for the Way, a new devotional series

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