Column: ‘I love you, Lord’


“I love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold,” Psalm 18:1-2.

What if we really believed the words of the psalmist? What if God really was our stronghold, our rock and our fortress? Would our lives be different? Would they be better, stronger and happier? Next week is Thanksgiving. What if we took this week to think of the praises we would like to give our Lord, telling Him how much we appreciate His presence and touch in our lives?

Would you think of all the things that have worked out well throughout this past year and how you have been protected? Would you think of the special people with whom you spent time and enjoyed their company? Would you think of the times you spent with family members who made you laugh and relax a little? Would you think of how God provided a shelter for you as you struggled to find meaning in something that happened? Perhaps it had to do with your health, or your employment situation or your relationships?

God truly is our strength, our refuge and our shield. Spend time this week thinking of how God has provided a space of safety and nurture for you, and begin thanking Him for His faithfulness. Thanksgiving may be next week but we can thank God for His gracious abundance any day! God bless you all.

Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Stillwater. She works at Christian Heart Counseling at 275 Third Street S. and can be reached at [email protected] or 651-439-2059, ext. 718.