"But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength" 2 Timothy 4.17a
"Just come and stand beside me, will you?" The answer was yes, even though I didn't really have much to do with the incident, nor did I have anything pertinent to add. But what this person needed was someone to stand beside them. That is, to know that they had there in the presence of adversity a friendly face and someone who could be counted on for support, regardless of the outcome of the day. Sometimes we just need to know that folks are standing with us, whether figuratively or literally.
|Titian, 16th Century, Simon of Cyrene helping|
Jesus carry the cross
Oh, that I might never forget this promise! Thank you dear Lord for the gift of your presence!
A prayer: "Dear God, remind me that I never stand alone, but am always in your presence. Help me to lean on your strength especially in my own times of weakness. Amen."