Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Prayer for Virginia Tech

"I've already run for dear life straight to the arms of God. So why would I run away now when you say, 'Run to the mountains; the evil bows are bent, the wicked arrows aimed to shoot under cover of darkness at every heart open to God. The bottom's dropped out of the country; good people don't have a chance'?

"But God hasn't moved to the mountains; his holy address hasn't changed. He's in charge, as always, his eyes taking everything in, his eyelids unblinking, examining Adam's unruly brood inside and out, not missing a thing. He tests the good and the bad alike; if anyone cheats, God's outraged. Fail the test and you're out, out in a hail of firestones, drinking from a canteen filled with hot desert wind. God's business is putting things right; he loves getting the lines straight, setting us straight. Once we're standing tall, we can look him straight in the eye."
- Psalm 11 (The Message)

4 comments:

Roda Zone said...

Amen to that!

Brett Probert said...

a ditto amen.

Roda Zone said...

Keith...I wanted you to know that I used your post in my devotions this morning. It helped bring a peace to my heart...

Keith McIlwain said...

I read this version of Psalm 11 in worship on the Sunday after 9/11/01 at Greensburg: First...so appropriate (though I think the senior pastor would have preferred something else, from more traditional translation). At any rate, I'm glad you find it useful!