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Pleasant Dreams - February 6

Friday, February 09, 2018

"Won't God protect his chosen ones who pray to him day and night? Won't he be concerned for them?"
_Luke 18:7

There's a story often told in spiritual circles about an old woman who lived in the center of town in Moorefield, West Virginia, during the Civil War. Because the town was so close to the border in the battle between the states, one day it would be controlled by Union troops, the next day the Confederates.

Davis History House, Civil War Museum in Romney, West Virginia

One evening several enemy soldiers forced their way into the woman's home and demanded they be given dinner. They tramped noisily about her small home, placed their muddy boots and soiled clothing on her furniture, and helped themselves to many of her cherished possessions as she cooked for them. When the food was ready and she had joined the soldiers at the table, she announced to them: "It's my custom to pray before my evening meal. I hope you won't mind." Then she bowed her head and gave thanks for her home and health, the food on her table, her good neighbors and other members of the community, and the guests with whom she was to share her evening meal. While she was praying she heard the sounds of the men moving. When she said, "Amen" and looked up, the men had left.

[ Becoming a state during the Civil War, West Virginia had over half of the land mass (24 counties) fighting on the Confederate side, while the rest (26 counties) fought as Union soldiers. It's easy to see how a town in West Virginia could change hands so frequently! ]

Tonight, when you feel as if your enemies have gotten the better of you, when you feel overwhelmed with fear or anxiety, or when you face dangers or difficulties in your life, reach out to a Higher Power through your prayers. Nothing can harm you as long as your Higher Power is near.

Affirmation: Tonight I'll reach out for the invisible power provided by spiritual strength. I'll pray to my Higher Power for protection, guidance, hope, and serenity.

[ James Dillet Freeman ]


This is from Pleasant Dreams: Nighttime Meditations for Peace of Mind, by Amy E. Dean

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