Our Old Testament readings at this time are from the book of Daniel, and today’s extract describes the deliverance of Daniel from the lions’ den. King Darius had not wanted to send Daniel in there, but had had to bow to the persuasions of his officials. First thing the next morning, he went to the den, where a stone had been laid across its mouth, and called out: ‘“O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live for ever! My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not hurt me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no wrong.”’ In these days when our minds are focussed on the kingship of our Lord, the reference to the stone across the mouth of the den/tomb cannot be missed. The stone was rolled away, and Daniel came out unharmed. A kind of resurrection?

These signs of resurrection are present in all our lives, and we can usefully reflect on them, and on the power of God who is the God of the living.

May God bless you this day, and may He keep you safe from all harm.