Adding to the “yard art”
I have relighted the Christmas candle, replacing the batteries that expired a few days ago. After all, some folks are putting their seasonal lights back up. Why not me?
It sits in the window above the white cross we brought from Dallas, declaring He is risen.
I hope the refreshed candle spreads some cheer for awhile, and that the Easter cross does too.
In Dallas this past Lenten season, a soul posted a larger cross in their yard with the words, Fear Not blazoned across it. (A Very Present Power)
It can’t be a mistake that as our nation is making decisions about when and how to reopen our economy that the following words directed our prayers today for the church, for the nation and for the world.
I am just going to reproduce them here. I hope like the Christmas candle, and the Easter Cross may, they comfort you and refresh your prayers for this crazy time:
The Lord God is our Protector.
Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
protect me from those who rise up against me.”
“Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.”
“He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.”
- Masks and social distancing are wise practices, but help us to remember that You are our Protector.
- We can be brave and courageous and live without fear because our trust is not in our wise practices but in You. May that knowledge not make us foolish, but faithful.
- We also ask for Your miraculous protection for . . .
– Our healthcare workers. They are on the front lines of this pandemic. Protect them—physically, mentally, and emotionally—as they respond to the needs of their patients.
– Those in emergency services who risk exposure and/or bringing it back to their families because of their jobs. Protect them, Lord. Sustain them and help them to continue to care for those in their communities.
– Our friends and families and those people You bring to our minds— that they will miraculously be kept safe.