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|Oh, praise the Lord . . . ! He is my strength, my shield from every danger. . . .
Psalm 28:6-7 (TLB)
During the heat of the California summer, we invite our neighbors to come over anytime for a dip in our pool. Van is a favorite; he loves to cycle up and down our hills, his forehead dripping under his protective helmet, and it’s great to see him park his bike by the pool and plunge in, staying under so long that it’s a relief when he eventually surfaces.
This particular weekend his son was with him. On leave from his base in San Diego, he was tall, with the upright, straight-as-an-arrow deportment typical of the military, a firm handshake and steady eyes that locked into those of the person talking to him. I liked him. I liked him even more when he peeled off his T-shirt to take a swim, for across his upper torso, under his collar bone, was a tattoo: Carpe Diem, Latin for “seize the day.” I was fascinated. “Tell me about this,” I asked.
“I want to make every moment of my life count,” he said, giving me his father’s wide smile. “My service to God, to my country and to making the world a better place. This is a daily reminder of my commitment.”
He sprang from the diving board and swam the length of the pool in one swoop, like a torpedo. On the return lap, his arms were turbojets churning the water. Wow, I thought, if he represents the caliber of our military, we’re in good hands!
Merciful God, hear our anxious prayer For those who serve, both far and near, Be their shield and keep them safe, In Your loving care.
By Fay Angus
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