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Through Good Times and Bad

It's been tough to listen to the financial news the past few weeks, hasn't it? The markets are swinging wildly, banks have failed with more likely to follow, and the problems in the financial sector are impacting credit, which in turn affects main street.

A lot of people are worried about dwindling balances in their retirement accounts, the rising cost of fuel, and their jobs. It's harder for business owners to borrow money to make payroll or to purchase inventory - many wonder whether they'll be able to survive. What goes up must come down - the "irrational exuberance" of recent years has been replaced by some sobering realities.

In the midst of these difficulties, it's important to remember that all is not doom and gloom. For instance, many companies are still hiring, and some sectors (like health services) continue to experience growth. It's also good to keep in mind the most important fact of all: our God is firmly in control, he's there - as always - to take us by our hands, to guide us, and to comfort us.

I was reminded of that again today as I read a devotion featuring the following verse from Scripture: The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows those who take refuge in Him. And that brought to mind another verse that's good to keep in mind at all times, but especially when things look dark: This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. We woke up this morning! We are God's children! This day is a gift from our heavenly Father! He will see us through the good times and the bad.

May His presence give you peace and strength.

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