"Then Daniel said to the king, 'My God sent His angel and shut the lion's mouths, so that they have not hurt me....' So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no injury whatever was found on him, because he believed in his God" (Daniel 6:21,23)

Then Daniel said to the king, "My God sent His angel and shut the lion's mouths, so that they have not hurt me...." So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no injury whatever was found on him, because he believed in his God (Daniel 6:21,23).

Let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;
Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them
(Psalm 5:11).

People who are strong in truths are kept safe from harm wherever they go (see Arcana Coelestia 6769). 

The Lord sent an angel to close the mouths of the lions that threatened Daniel, and He wants nothing more than to protect each one of us. He is constantly watching over us and looking to our eternal happiness. Like Daniel, we will face predicaments in life. The free choices we make have consequences, and the Lord wants us to have that freedom to choose. But if we look to the Lord and trust in Him, He can protect us and lead us toward all that is good. We hope this topic will help you look to the Lord as your Protector so that He may bless you with heavenly states of peace and contentment.


Highlights for this topic include

"How Providence Works" an article by the Rev. B. David Holm (html)

Flash Animation: Symbols of the Lord's Protection

"Daniel in the Lions' Den" sermon by the Rev. Patrick A. Rose (html)

  "Daniel Worships the Lord" by the Rev. Kurt Horigan Asplundh (PDF)
       (a talk for little children with color illustrations)

  Coloring Page: Daniel and the Lions by Marguerite L. Acton (PDF)

  Shoebox Diorama of Daniel in the Lions' Den (ages 5-9) (PDF)

  Quotes from the Word about the Lord's Protection (PDF)

  Overview of Family Activities on How the Lord Protects Us (all ages) (PDF)

  Sunday School Project for the Story of Daniel (for ages 6-9) (PDF)
       (Make figures of Daniel, angel, and lion to move while retelling the story.)

  The Lord Protects Us with the Light of Truth (ages 6-10) (PDF)

  Make a Story-line for Daniel in the Lions' Den (ages 8-14) (PDF)

  Food for Thought: How Angels Lead and Protect Us (teens and adults) (PDF)

  For Reflection: Hell Is Like a Huge Lion (teens and adults) (PDF)