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A real, concrete promise: A meditation on Psalm 121

A Song of Ascents I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. - Psalm 121
Who's doing all the work here?  I lift up my eyes, but my help comes not from good staff, good breeding, good parents, good work.  My help comes from the LORD.  He's doing all the work.

He's keeping me from going astray.  He's not taking a nap or growing tired.  He is the One who sanctified me through his Son and he's the One who keeps me that way.  He's the place I can go to escape from the burning hea…

Meet Jed and Duke

Waiting till this late in the evening to post isn't a good idea. Every time I sit down to write in the evening the first words that come to mind are, "I'm exhausted!"

I am.  Pooped. Tired. Worn out.  Some version of virus struck our house Sunday morning.  It took Ryland down first.  By the time I got home from church he was running a fever.  I worked Sunday night and by the time I got to work, I was feeling like my body was trying fight off whatever Ryland had (sore throat, dizzy headache, yada yada).

Working night's shift is a worthwhile trade for me.  I get more time available to my family in exchange for 24 to 48 hours of sleep deprivation.  Well worth it!  The last two weeks I've gotten called off for one of my two weekly scheduled shifts.  The budget may need to be more strictly adhered to only working one day a week, but the time is worth so much more to me.

Yesterday, when I woke up at 2pm, I felt like my body was loosing the battle against the v…