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This week’s FMF prompt is:

 

Land of the

 

Setting my timer for five minutes, and … GO.

As we gear up for the Fourth of July weekend here in America, I’ve been thinking about the cost of freedom. About how many sacrifices have been made on so many fronts in the name of protection.

I’m so grateful to all who have given their time, energy, even their lives, that my family and I might enjoy the lives we do.

And yet we fall short.

No matter how tight our defenses, how strong our walls, how well analyzed our intelligence — there will always be gaps. We can’t block every leak.

As I type this, I have a kid with a high fever and a text message on my phone telling me a relative has just been admitted to the hospital. I may be able to press a cold cloth to my child’s forehead or fan her face in the middle of the night. I can give her popsicles or stand by a hospital bedside — but my reach only goes so far.

My arm is not long enough to protect.

My daughter, my sick relative, and I all need a greater defense.

So I type “protect” into Bible Gateway, and I’m comforted by these words from my Father:

Psalm 91

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his pinions,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
    nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only look with your eyes
    and see the recompense of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—
    the Most High, who is my refuge—
no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
    no plague come near your tent.

For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways.
On their hands they will bear you up,
    lest you strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the adder;
    the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
    I will protect him, because he knows my name.
When he calls to me, I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble;
    I will rescue him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

Amen.

STOP.

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