Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV
I have a dog named Simon. He is a faithful old beast that adores me despite my inconsistencies. You will always find him in whatever room I am in. When I pull out of the driveway he settles himself in front of our large window, head resting on the windowsill, until I return. When I go upstairs he sits at the base of the stairs waiting for me to return to him. His eyes are always on me. His awareness always takes my presence into account.