Today is Thursday the 5th of June, in the Seventh Week of Easter.

The monks of Pluscarden Abbey sing Psalm 90: “You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.” As I listen, I become aware that I, too – and all the people around me – live in the shelter of the Almighty.  As I enter into prayer, I, too, place my trust in my Creator, my stronghold, my God.

Today’s reading is from the Acts of the Apostles.

Paul is in a crisis situation in today’s reading.  Even though he uses his wits to turn aside hostility his life is in danger.  He is helpless to save himself.  We hear today of hostages in similar situations.   I may never have been in such danger myself, but perhaps I can call to mind some difficult situation which required courage.

After his ordeal Paul has an experience of the Lord standing near him, speaking words of encouragement.  Can I hear those words spoken to me?

How may I be asked to bear witness for the Lord in my life and work today?

Listen to the reading again and notice how Paul stands firm, confident in God in the midst of the crisis.

I can speak to the Lord in my heart as the Friend who stands near me, asking for what I need to be a faithful witness in my life today.