*un·rest: a disturbed or uneasy state, turmoil
On this early morning, as I finally surrender to the insomnia (induced by the toddler waking me up at 4:30am and the many thoughts and concerns swirling around in my mind), I keep coming back to this one word: unrest. Everywhere we look, and especially on social media and the news, it seems our entire world is in a state of unrest. It seems we are being overtaken by anger, war, hunger, tragedy, protesting, murder, fear, and the list goes on. It feels hopeless and unsettling. What can we do about it?
Two years ago, when God began to unfold to us His vision of stronghold, we never imagined how truly applicable this message would become. The trials our world was facing then seem trivial compared to all that is taking place now. But we find hope and strength in the Lord, reminding ourselves to take refuge in Him and in our Church communities, holding fast to His Word and His promises, being united in that Word.
If you have an opportunity today, take a few minutes to dive into Psalm 18. Be encouraged, take heart. The Lord hears our humble cries!
Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou,
O Prince of heavenly hosts, by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan, and all evil spirits,
who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.