"The Lord is for me—as my helper. I look in victory on those who hate me. It’s far better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust any human." - Psalm 118:7-8

Yesterday I was scanning through television channels, and I stumbled upon a documentary on the life and ministry of Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers). If you were blessed, as I was, then you were raised on this amazing show.

Mr. Rogers had a gift for putting people at ease, especially children. He wanted them to know that Mr. Rogers Neighboorhood was a place where they would find acceptance, encouragement, safety, love and so much more.

"Fred Rogers said: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

Loving God with all your heart seems easy enough. But it really asks you to trust God first, to ask God first, to look to God first — before anyone else. How often do you do that? I know I struggle sometimes to love God with all my heart and to put God first.

The quote from Mr. Rogers is often shared in tragedies to remind you to look for the helpers and notice those whom God has gifted to serve the community. The Psalmist reminds you that “The Lord is for me — as my helper.” God is your helper — in all circumstances. When you see scary things, when you see hopeful things, when you see funny things, when you see crazy things — remember the lessons of both Mr. Rogers and the Psalmist and look to God, who is for you as your helper.

God, thank you for being my helper. Give me eyes to see you today so that I can make my home in you and be safe. Amen.
Feb 9 2019