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Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.

~ Psalm 42:11

I saw the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will live in hope, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.

Acts 2:25-28

Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.

~ Jeremiah 17:7-8

Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

~ Psalms 25:5

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

~ Romans 12:14-21

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His Word I put my hope.

~ Psalms 130:5

As for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.

~ Micah 7:7

Today’s paintings are: Jusepe de Ribera’s “Job on the Ash Heap”, 17th century; Simone Cantarini’s “Noli Me Tangere”, 17th century; John Steel’s “The Leper Who Said Thank You”; James Tissot’s “Feed My Lambs”, 1886-94 (cropped); Eugene Thirion’s “Triumph of Faith”, late 19th century; and Carl Heinrich Bloch’s “Agony in the Garden”.