The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at 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 on and forevermore.
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One of the rare moments of my life was watching several cows being delivered to
a friend's property. On the truck they were packed in, jostled about, understandably
anxious, making as much mess and noise that forcing air out of their orifices could
accomplish. When they were turned loose on the fenced pasture, they ran the
perimeter of the fence and then meandered into the field, content and peacefully grazing.
The cow man told me, "Yep, that's what they do. They work themselves up and then
they run the fence. As soon as they know the limits, they know they are home." Those of us
who have ever challenged the nature and mystery of God understand this. We spend
great energy testing the limits and looking for vulnerabilities in the Divine character.
Within those limits is a place of peace and protection which God as our keeper offers to
all. We may rebuff at the notion of a keeper and we may continue to run the fence.
But if a cow can figure out where home is, perhaps, we can too.
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Holy God, may we abide with you. Amen.