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Peace in His Arms

“He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.” – Isaiah 40:11

Mary and her husband already had five children when they learned she was pregnant with her sixth baby. Abel was born prematurely and had to spend several weeks in the hospital.

When he came home, Abel often had difficulty feeding. Mary says, “The doctor said that was common in preemies. Their digestive systems aren’t always as strong. So after every meal, Abel would cry and cry.”

Abel’s father was the only one who could comfort the small baby. “It didn’t matter how early Cameron had to get up the next day for work. He’d wake throughout the night to comfort Abel. One night he held him for hours, walking the floor.”

During times of distress, it’s easy to think God has abandoned you. But just as Cameron rose to hold his son each time he cried, God rises to comfort you.

Sometimes, He might do this by sending a friend to speak a kind word over you, providing for your material needs, or putting someone in your path to listen to you.


Lord, when I’m in need of comfort, help me to remember that You’re holding onto me. Let me rest peacefully in Your arms. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

August 12 devotional

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