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God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

~ Psalm 46:1-3

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

~ Isaiah 41:10

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.

~ Proverbs 3:5-6

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

~ Isaiah 40:28-31

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

~ Mark 10:27

My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.

~ Psalm 119:50

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

~ 2 Corinthians 4:16-18


Note: Today’s paintings are: Raphael’s “Lot and His Daughters Fleeing From Sodom”, 1508; El Greco’s “Christ Healing the Blind”, 1570; Rembrandt’s “Jacob’s Blessing”, 1656; Jacob de Backer’s “The Miracle of the Loaves and Fish”, the artist died at 30, so sometime between 1555 and 1585; Peter Paul Rubens’s “The Prophet Elijah Receiving Bread and Water from an Angel”, 1625-28; and Georges La Tour’s “The Penitent Magdalen”, 1640. The header image is a detail from Gerbrand van den Eeckhout’s “A Hermit Praying”, 1663.

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