by Beth Bondurant

Lined up and ready ... but when even one unit fails... it can affect a long line of events.

A backed up airport security line affects making a scheduled flight.

hose missing their flight ...ultimately miss their connections...with numerous problems resulting.

For the first time... I had to be "placed" on a plane.  Due to lack of passengers... no one could sit in the first five rows of the plane...and each passenger had to be "placed" so as to distribute the weight evenly for flight.

The old plan was only a hint of the good things in the new plan. The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It's our handle on what we can't see."

Every step we take ... is by faith.  So much of what we do and see is just a shadow of what lies ahead and without a strong trust in God's presence and power... the domino effect of life...can be devastating.

O God... help us plan and prepare... but also strengthen our faith so when we begin to tumble and fail ... we will keep on keeping on in trust that your goodness and mercy will pick us up and hold us steady as we walk...or run...or are carried though the day.  It isn't easy to be "knocked down"... but we are grateful for the hands of help you send our way to direct us... minister to our needs... and hold us up when we require it the most.  Just as the challenges and changes come daily keep us grasping for security and strength... we know your grace and peace are ever with us and can empower us no matter how many times we fall. Thank you VERY MUCH for the amazing way you provide our essential SHALOM even as we experience the domino effect.