Psalm 121

Psalm 121

Psalm 121 is one of my favorites, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from when cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord who made heaven and earth.” In the book, The Message, Eugene Peterson translates Psalm 121 this way: “I look up to the mountains does my strength come from mountains?” No, my strength comes from God who made heaven and earth and mountains.”

There was a young boy in the waiting room of the airport. When the flight was called the boy was ushered on first. When I loaded the plane, I was pleased to discover that he had a seat next to mine. He was polite in his greeting, and then went on coloring one of those coloring books airlines provided for young passengers. Humming happily, he didn’t seem to have a care in the world. During the flight, we ran into some turbulence that bounced the airliner around like a kite in the wind. A woman seated across the aisle from the young man became very frightened. When she spoke to the boy her voice was agitated, “Little boy, aren’t you scared?” “No ma’am,” he replied, briefly looking up from his coloring book. “My dad’s the pilot.” I lean back in my seat and thought about this little boy. He Trusted his dad. Did I trust God that way to get me through the storms of life? Yes, and I silently thanked him. He’ll get you through today and onto his plan for you. Trust him. Trust his plans for your life. E Stanley Jones reminds us, “I don’t know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future.” Friend of Dial Hope, that is the good news for today. Ta Da!

Let us pray: God of love, help us to say with the Psalmist, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” In times of need, you are always there. Thank you! We love you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Roger Kunkel

Daily Message Author: Roger Kunkel

(November 24, 1934 – June 29, 2011) Rev. Dr. Roger Kunkel was a native of Parsons, Kansas, graduated from Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, where he received an award for “Outstanding Student and Citizen”. After graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary, he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois, and went on to serve as Senior Pastor in Duluth, Minnesota, and Riverside, Illinois. He served as Chaplain of Heritage Park Rehab Center in Bradenton, Florida, after retiring from his pastorate at First Presbyterian Church of Sarasota in 1998. Full Bio