For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. (Isaiah 60:2 NRSV)
Isaiah understood that any glory that came to his people was not their own doing. Their hope was in God and God alone. So it is with us.
Somewhere I've read that among some Native American tribes an interesting rite took place in every little boy's life--a rite designed to help the boy learn the courage of manhood. When he was very little, he was taken out into the forest to spend the night alone. Left with nothing but a knife for protection, he was required to remain silent as he awaited whatever horrors the night might bring. The next morning, however, he was greeted with a delightful surprise. He found that his father had been standing and watching all through the night, with bow and arrow ready lest something hurtful should happen to his son.
Many of us have discovered that our savior has been doing the same thing.
Dear God, thank you for watching over me. In Jesus' name, Amen.