Some days, I feel old and a little (or a lot) weary; weary of corruption, weary of sickness and death, weary of duplicitous people who claim to be Jesus’s disciples but clearly have no concern for his teachings or the biblical ethos of justice, mercy, and humility (see Micah 6:8, Matthew 5-7, Eph 2:11-20, Matt 25:34-40, Matt 6:21, 2 Cor. 1:12). Weary of greedy corporations and the wealthy 1% who seem to control so much of this American way of life (and much of the world) whether we desire to embrace it or not. Weary of systemic evil. Weary of bad news. Weary of the ineptitude of nearly every politician at every level to actually do what they say they’ll do while actually caring about all of their constituents, not just their wealthy friends or the lobbyists who fund them. Weary of unfulfilling work, ever-expanding to-do lists, holiday pressures, social constructs, and personal/political/social agendas that don’t take into consideration all of life, rather these agendas reduce things to oversimplified polarizations: women’s rights vs. unborn babies’ rights, or improving marginalized people’s lives vs maintaining the status quo.
“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.”
Psalm 121:1-8 ESV
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge— no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot. “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.””
Psalm 91:1-16 ESV