There’s a reason why,
In the architecture of Your perfect poetry,
You ordained that this foundation of a phrase
Should bear repeating:
“The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge.
Selah” (Psalm 46:7 and 11)
Pausing at Your command
to reflect on words that should stop me in my tracks everyday
(but, often enough, do not),
I will carry the truth of Your presence
and Your protection
into this summer day.
Lord of hosts, God of incomparable power;
God of Jacob, the One Who knows me by name:
You are present
in the rich fruition of summer gardens
and in the joyful gatherings of family and friends–
evidence of Your delight in our pleasure.
You are my refuge
in the blazing heat of temptation
and in the drought of discouragement.
God of the Angel Armies,
God of the Old Testament Patriarchs,
God of Middle-Aged Mothers
who grow weary and fall short:
Thank you that Who-You-Are
Thank you for this pause–
the most productive moment of this summer day.
Thank you for pausing here with me here to read and reflect on truth,
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