Psalm 91 – The First Sunday of Lent* â€“ for Sunday, February 14, 2016
â€œ. . . to protect you wherever you go . . .â€ (Psalm 91:11)
Frightened refugees spread across the world from the hell on earth known as Syria. Soldiers tramp through the hardscrabble, isolated villages of Afghanistan, armed to killâ€”and perhaps to be killedâ€”7,500 miles from home. Citizens in Flint, Michigan are informed their water is contaminated with lead, but only long after bathing in it, brushing teeth with it, tending a garden using it, and, from infant to elderly, swallowing it. A husband and wife in San Bernardino (who look so blandly normal in the before pictures) walk into a building with legal guns and store-bought bullets. Another child, maybe six years old, maybe with a goofy grin that will break even the sternest of hearts, with an illness that is relentless and opportunistic, enters the care of the hospice where I work and dies ten days later.
Who will protect the innocent when bullets fly, when cancer spreads? Donâ€™t the most fragile and gentle deserve protection?
Who will protect the guilty, even as they scheme to bully or steal or kill? Donâ€™t even the worst of us, raised on hate or seduced by fear, deserve a second or third or fourth chance to lead hopeful lives? Continue reading →