The Weekly Breather: Taking Refuge

When the world is a frightening and violent place, it can become traumatizing to us. We can find the strength to carry on by taking refuge in God: our ever-present help in time of need.

Settle Yourself:

Take a moment to settle your body in your space. Close your eyes and take deep, even breaths. Slowly inhale, hold, slowly exhale. Pay attention to where there is tension or discomfort in your body. Invite the Holy Spirit to remove the tension and the burdens you bear. Allow your muscles to relax and your mind to clear.


Read the following Scripture passage slowly, out loud. Listen for what the Lord may want to say to you through this passage. Let the truth soak into your soul as you read over this passage several times.

The name of the Lord is a fortified tower;
the righteous run to it and are safe.

Proverbs 18:10


Respond to God’s Word by closing your eyes and picturing yourself running to God for shelter. Stay in his Presence as long as you need. Hear what words of comfort He offers you. Breathe in his Spirit. Breathe out any fear, stress, or sorrow. You may feel emotions you were not expecting. That is ok. Allow yourself to express them in healthy ways if you need to. When you are ready, offer your troubles to God. What does He do with them? Journal about it.


Thank You, God, for being there for us when we need a safe place to go. Thank You for sending the Comforter to us. Help me to abide in the shelter of your arms and to remember that you are there for me. Amen.

Patricia is the Coordinator of Alumni and Church Relations at Asbury Theological Seminary and the Managing Editor for Soul Care Community. She and her teenage son live and play video games together in Wilmore, KY. Patricia's passions are inner healing ministry, spiritual formation, cooking, writing, growing things, and teaching others how to have a vibrant prayer life.


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