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It’s Friday! I’m joining Kate Motaung for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt. Five minutes. No editing. Many of us writing on that same word.

Today’s prompt is … Protect.

Protect is defined as “to defend or guard from attack, invasion, loss, annoyance, insult, etc.; cover or shield from injury or danger.”

There is not a day which passes that we do not need protection of some sort. Sometimes it is even protection from ourselves – our thoughts and emotions. Someone please tell me I am not alone in this.

And we have One who protects us constantly, always, 24/7 –

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and staff protect and comfort me. (Psalm 23:4, NLT)

The imagery is so powerful. The psalmist, David, was a shepherd and so he knew, firsthand, a shepherd is able to protect his sheep in the moment of their greatest danger. The shepherd’s rod was used to defend, count, guide and protect the sheep.

The rod had a little crook on the end by which the sheep could be pulled back from danger or he could part thick bushes for them to pass through. It was not a stick used to beat or be harsh to the flock. The sheep recognized their shepherd as their source of safety.

Charles Spurgeon expressed this thought of our Shepherd’s protection in these words –

“If He be a shepherd to no one else, He is a Shepherd to me. He cares for me, watches over me, and preserves me.”

May we take comfort today that He is a shepherd, personally, to each one of us.

PS – Recently I had the absolute joy to converse with Holly Barrett. She is a blogger over at “Living A Redeemed Life”. While I have not met Holly in person, I have linked with her many times at her “Testimony Tuesday” and always come away deeply encouraged. Holly is a writer, an encourager, a communicator of God’s truth, and a friend. You will be deeply blessed to hang out with Holly!

Just click on this podcast hyperlink to the interview:

Today I am joining … Five Minute Friday and Faith Filled Friday and Grace & Truth and #FreshMarketFriday .