I will be with you.


A whole day.

A day you’ve given to us to spend.

How shall I use this precious gift? Do I start the day with half of it gone already, pledged to commitments? Do I cut the day short by spending a portion of it in anger, in fear, in a narrow vision that considers only myself?

Will l preserve some time in this day to spend with you? To let you restore my soul? Will I keep some time free from doing, and allow myself to just be? Will I find delight in serving you by serving others, or will this be one of the days when your children are harder to love?

Do I start the day with good intentions, but watch them get derailed before noon? Do I forget your promise to be with me always, every day, in every interruption, every celebration, every painful moment, every unexpected joy?

Remind me again, Lord. Remind me at the beginning of the day. Remind be before I go to sleep at night. Remind me whenever I forget. Remind me again and again and again. Carve handholds into your words, that I may cling to them: “I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5b)


Barbara Bruneau is a recently retired Lutheran pastor living in southeastern Minnesota. She is a knitter, a weaver, and a very occasional blogger at An Explosion of Texture and Color.

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