Friday, February 24, 2012


The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. - Psalm 121:7-8  (KJV)

I  believe this Psalm, Lord help my unbelief.  Many who have had calamitous occurrences happen in their lives might argue with the initial declarative -- "The Lord WILL keep you from all harm...."  We all perhaps can roll through a list of many people, some of them in just the past day or two, for whom the Lord did not appear to be keeping a particularly close eye: car crashes, gun shots, fires, wars...  Yet, Christianity is not a religion or faith for simpletons and cavemen.  Christianity is not the practice of superstition, with prayers and talismans, necklaces for rear view mirrors, and magnetic fish for bumpers that keep us safe.  We do  not believe in a capricious god who acts as we want him to if we offer the right behavior, the right alms, the right magic words, the right faith. The end of the verse says it all -- "the Lord will watch and forevermore."  We are eternal beings, given the awareness and consciousness to foresee eternity.  We are spiritual beings with hearts made for union with the One True God, "God from God, Light from Light, True God from True God." (Nicene Creed)  We are cared about forevermore.  No matter what harm may come to our bodies, the dust of which we have our earthly substance, our eternal souls dwell with God and will never be harmed.  That Covenant was established with Abraham, and reaffirmed through Jesus Christ.  Life is hard.  It is filled with many over-the-top stressers, pain, misery, suffering, and injustice.  But against the backdrop of eternity, we endure only for a blink of an eye before we behold the glory of an everlasting home
Help us O Lord, not to fall into a sappy sweet superstition that falsely promises nothing but blues skies and rainbows.  Help our unbelief when times are difficult or hard.  Remind us of our everlasting home in you and with you that exists forevermore.  Because Christ died, we also may live.  Amen.

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