Today’s reflection is written by Deacon Karen Katamay.
“He is the living God, enduring forever. His kingdom shall never be destroyed.” —Daniel 6:26
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” —Hebrews 13:8
The first verse for today comes from the story of Daniel and the lion’s den. King Darius had been tricked by some people who were jealous that the king favored Daniel over them, and they got the king to issue an edict that anyone who worshipped a god or human other than the king would be cast into the lion’s den. Of course, Daniel did not obey the rule and continued to worship the true God. The king loved Daniel and did not want to hurt him, but he could not go against his own edict, so Daniel was cast into the lion’s den. God watched out for Daniel, though, and kept him safe throughout the night. When morning came, King Darius hurried to the den and was amazed that Daniel was untouched by the lions. He had Daniel removed from the lion’s den and then issued a new edict for all near and far praising the God of Daniel and recognizing Him as the living God. The verse for today was part of the praise by King Darius.
We may think that our faith has little effect on those around us, but people do notice when we are steadfast in our faith, especially when it carries us through difficult times. One of my favorite sayings is “Speak the Gospel and, when necessary, use words.” When people see us putting our faith into action, it shows how our faith can change lives. And when we share the Gospel message with others, we let our faith shine so that it lights a path for others to follow Christ. We may not have to face lions like Daniel did, but we can face our lives with confidence in our living Lord and Savior, and that makes all the difference in the world! Amen.