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“Surely God will shatter the head of His enemies, the hairy crown of him who goes on in his guilty deeds.  The Lord said, “I will bring them back from Bashan.  I will bring them back from the depths of the sea;” (Psalm 68:21-22)

Throughout the ages, there have been times of captivity. The Lord allows, for His purposes, things to happen that do not make sense to us. The Lord, in time, will bring back those who are His that they may know He is God. There is no place anyone can go where the Lord does not see and whose hand is not present. No matter the circumstance, know that the Lord is Sovereign.

Heavenly Father, You are there, my mind knows this, but sometimes I do not feel Your presence or remember Your promises. Guide me away from these thoughts and into reality that even if I am in a time of difficulty, I never feel abandoned by You. Though the world leave me behind, You are always there. Help me see in You alone the goodness, hope and eternity You promise.

Thank You, Jesus, for walking in the wilderness alone for forty days to break the bonds of captivity. Thank You for hanging on the cross to break the bonds of death. You know adversity and have paid the price that we might know, now and forever, that You are with us and for us. Lead me, Lord, ever deeper into the mystery of faith that I may always abide in You.  Amen.