Today's Reading: Daniel 10-12
He said, "Do not fear, greatly beloved, you are safe. Be strong and courageous!" When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, "Let my lord speak for you have strengthened me." Daniel 10:19 NRSV
The angel Gabriel is rather frightening and basically seems to cause Daniel's knees to weaken and he falls down on his face. Daniel is afraid. Yet, Gabriel tells him not to be afraid. In fact, Gabriel tells Daniel that he is greatly beloved. Daniel is safe with this angel present. Gabriel wants Daniel to be more than brave, though. Daniel needs to be both strong and courageous -- words that Joshua spoke to the people after Moses' death.
Who can you go to when you need courage or strength for life's crazy situations?
Would you rather just be alone to gather your strength?
Are you able to give others courage?
May you have strength and courage to face this day!
God, help us all to be strong and courageous. Take away our fear and remind us how greatly beloved we are. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims