December 6

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Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;

    I have called you by name, you are mine.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;

    and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;

when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,

    and the flame shall not consume you.

For I am the Lord your God,

    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. . .

Because you are precious in my sight,

    and honored, and I love you.

(from Isaiah 43:1-4)

Pause and look at the scripture again. Read slowly.

What word or image jumps out at you? Recall times you have felt you were passing through danger. What sustained you? Can the idea that you are precious in God’s sight give you courage to face difficult times? Pray to know this truth deeply in your spirit.