Spiritual Practice


Kate Elise Gutierrez

Almost every time I turn on the news, I hear a report about a child who has been kidnapped, a teen who has vanished, or a college student who has not been seen for days. As a kid, I wasn’t as aware of kidnappings and never thought it would happen to me or to someone I know. But missing person cases are a reality—in every country. And honestly, this scares me.

If any of you need wisdom, you should ask God, and it will be given to you. God is generous and won’t correct you for asking.
James 1:5 (CEV)

Educating myself about safety precautions has helped me to be less fearful. Below are five practical ways to hang out and have fun that will lessen the chances of needing a search party:

  • Buddy System: Whenever possible, walk in pairs.
  • Stranger Danger: Err on the side of caution when someone you don’t know approaches and asks for help.
  • Phone or Text a Parent or Friend: Let someone know when you arrive at and leave a location.
  • Prefer Day to Night: Know your surroundings and stay in well-lit, populated areas.
  • Examine Food and Drinks: Don’t accept these from someone you don’t know or trust.


PRAY for those who are missing and for their families.

—from devozine (March/April 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.
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