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The Upper Room Devotion for Monday Feburary 19th, 2024 was written by Elly Seeley of Massachusetts, USA



1You who live in the shelter of the Most High,

who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,

2will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress;

my God, in whom I trust.”

3For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler

and from the deadly pestilence;

4he will cover you with his pinions,

and under his wings you will find refuge;

his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

5You will not fear the terror of the night,

or the arrow that flies by day,

6or the pestilence that stalks in darkness,

or the destruction that wastes at noonday.

7A thousand may fall at your side,

ten thousand at your right hand,

but it will not come near you.

8You will only look with your eyes

and see the punishment of the wicked.

9Because you have made the Lord your refuge,

the Most High your dwelling place,

10no evil shall befall you,

no scourge come near your tent.

11For he will command his angels concerning you

to guard you in all your ways.

12On their hands they will bear you up,

so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.

13You will tread on the lion and the adder,

the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.

Psalm 91:1-13 NRSV


Author's Thoughts

In July 2020, I was diagnosed with advanced-stage cancer with metastases to other organs, and the prognosis was not optimistic. As I left the doctor's office, I thought of one of my favoite songs. The lyrics speak about calling angels to help so you don't have to walk alone. So I called, and many responded, including family, friends, church family, neighbors, healthcare professionals, and members of The Uppoer Room family from around the world.

My treatment was set to begin mid-September. On September 1st, my pastor dropped off the September / October issue fo The Upper Room, along with my favorite soup. The first meditation was written by an oncology nurse! And the meditations continued to speak to me throughout the rest of the issue. I still have that issue and plan to keep it.

I consider all these people God's angels who walk the earth. They have answered my call; I have not walked alone. As I write this, things are good. Not all days are easy, but I know God's angles are always just around the corner - maybe with a smile a "good morning," or a delivery of food. Angels walk the earth; watch for them.


Thought for the Day

God's Angels are all around me. I will watch for them.


Author's Prayer

Thank you, God, for those you have sent to watch over us and walk beside us through difficult times. Grant us peace of body, mind, and spirit. Amen.


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