July 13, 2006   
PROTECTION


    I will lift up mine eyes unto the mountains:
    from whence shall my help come?
    My help cometh from HaShem, who made heaven and earth.
    He will not suffer thy foot to be moved;
    He that keepeth thee will not slumber.
    Behold, He that keepeth Israel doth neither slumber nor
    sleep.
    HaShem is thy keeper; HaShem is thy shade upon thy right
    hand.
    The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
    HaShem shall keep thee from all evil; He shall keep thy
    soul.
    HaShem shall guard thy going out and thy coming in, from
    this time forth and for ever.

    - Psalms 121: 1-8
    Tanakh (Jewish Publication Society, 1917)



  The Lord is my protector; he is my
    strong fortress.
    My God is my protection, and with him
    I am safe. He protects me like a shield;
    he defends me and keeps me safe.
    He is my savior; he protects me and
    saves me from violence.
    I call to the Lord, and he saves me from
    my enemies. Praise the Lord!
    The waves of death were all around me;
    the waves of destruction rolled over me.  
    The danger of death was around me,
    and the grave set its trap for me.
    In my trouble I called to the Lord; I called
    to my God for help. In his temple he heard my voice;
    he listened to my cry for help.  

    2 Samuel 22:2-7
    The Good News Translation



  He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, who abides in the shadow of the Almighty,
    will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust."
    For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence;
    He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge;
    His faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
    You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
    nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

    A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand;
    but it will not come nigh you.
    You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.

    Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your habitation,
    no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent.

    For he will give his angels charge of you to guard you in all your ways.
    On their hands they will bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.
    You will tread on the lion and the adder, the young lion and the serpent you will
    trample under foot.

    Because he cleaves to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him,
    because he knows my name.
    When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble,
    I will rescue him and honor him.
    With long life I will satisfy him, and show him my salvation.

    Psalm 91:1-16
    Holy Bible, Revised Standard Edition



    Have courage for the great

    sorrows of life and patience

    for the small ones. And when

    you have finished your daily

    task, go to sleep in peace.

    God is awake.


    --Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
               French novelist (Les Miserables,
      Notre-Dame de Paris), playwright,
      essayist, statesman.




        And now the last word:



    You can only go halfway
    into the darkest forest;
    then you are coming out
    the other side.


    --Chinese proverb