Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
This past week I saw Wonder Woman. I liked it so much I saw it twice (in five days). One of my favorite scenes is when she is a little girl, Diana asks her mom to teach her to fight. When her mom says no, she uses her persuasion powers as a six year old to try and get her to change her mind. Her next thing to try is a sword with no sharp edges. When her mom says no, she asks if she could just use a shield. Her shield becomes one of her most important tools in her quest to end hatred in the world. A shield is meant to protect. A shield is meant to defend. It provides comfort and strength.
God is our shield. He is our protector. He only wants what is best for us. He will always be there for us.
Often when we think of God we think of Him as this ultimate protector, that his protection makes a bubble around us and our faith means that nothing bad can get through. We think that nothing bad can happen to us if we believe in Him.
But that is not true. We live in a broken world. There is heartbreak, cancer, car accidents, break-ups, and death. These things will touch us, if they haven’t already. If we think that God gives us this magic, safe bubble when something bad happens our faith can be shaken. When we see God as our shield, we should instead find hope and strength. God is our shield, and when we believe in Him our reward is very great.
Abram had a hard life. Not having any children meant that he had a great burden to bear and no one to take care of him or his wife in old age. God promised Abram that everything would be ok and that his offspring would outnumber the stars in the sky, and that is what happened. God took care of Abram, just like He takes care of us.
When bad things happen to us, God is right there with us. When we say God is our shield, it doesn’t mean that He keeps the bad stuff away, it means He is right with us when it happens. It means He mourns with us. He walks with us through our suffering. And He has given hope to our suffering through the death and resurrection of His son Jesus Christ.
When God is our shield, our reward is very great. Living with God by our side, walking with Him gives us the promise of eternal life. There is no better reward than spending eternity with our Lord.
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
How has God been a shield and protector for you?
When have you seen God bring something good out of bad?
How has your faith equipped you in the battles of life?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
"The Lord is my shield."
"The Lord is my defense."
"The Lord will fight for you."
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
Allow the Lord to be your shield today. Let Him protect you in the midst whatever you are dealing with today.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Lisa Kendzior, Junior High Youth Minister at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Crystal Lake, IL.