Oh, Lord, how terrifying are our times. Fires and anarchy threaten on all sides. But you, our God, are a shield about us, our glory and the lifter of our heads. We lie down in your perfect peace to sleep; and we rise to praise you yet another day. We stand on your promise that salvation belongs to you. Your blessing is upon us. I thank you for your daily mercy in the name and authority of Jesus, according to your good and perfect will. Amen.

“But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill.” (Psalm 3:3-4 ESV)