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January 11, 2021: Never Alone

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deut. 31:6, NIV).

When I read this verse, I feel safe and protected. Many times in my life, I’ve been scared to do things, but then I sit back and remember that God is always by my side. When I was about 7 years old, I remember biking around my neighborhood. I was coming to a hill, when suddenly my bike slid. I hit my face on the concrete and busted my chin open. I screamed in agony to my brother to go get our mom.

When we got inside, my parents called one of their friends, and he suggested we go to a clinic. At the clinic, they immediately told us to go to the ER. When we got there, they gave me some medicine and told me I needed stitches. While I was waiting, I was nervous, but my dad was there to keep my spirits up. As I walked fearfully into the operating room, I felt alone, but realized my dad was there holding my hand.

The operation went smoothly, and I recovered within two weeks. Just like my dad, God is with me when I am scared or in any situation. There is no room for fear when God is there. From this experience, I learned that I do not have to fear when taking a test, doing something new or when I feel alone.

Dear God, please help me to remember that when I am scared, I do not have to be, because I know that You are always with me. Amen.

Lia Watson is a freshman at Takoma Academy in Maryland.


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