Our back porch wasn’t quite as fancy as the one in this picture, but it did have a glider, a grass rug in the summer (rolled up for the winter), and was completely screened in; and we loved it.
One of the things I’ve been remembering lately is those summer nights when I was in bed and my mother and father relaxed with friends or family on the back porch. All the windows were open; hardly anyone had home air conditioning back then. So I would lie there in bed and listen: the peaceful rumble of conversation, punctuated occasionally by a laugh, and the soft clink of glass on glass–it was the grownups on the porch, doing what grownups do. I never could quite make out what they were saying: grownup stuff, probably, of no interest to a five-year-old.
But the thing I remember most about it now was that it made me feel safe. And secure. It was the sound of things being as they should be. The adults were as they ought to be. It kept the monsters at bay. The boogie-man wouldn’t come out of the woods as long as grownups were out there on their porches, or in their backyards, upholding peace and sanity.
I kind of miss that feeling.
But there is a higher and even more reliable guardian: Behold, He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep (Psalm 121:4).
Suggested by “thewhiterabbit”–
From Job 19:25-26, I know that my Redeemer liveth… Sung by “a Mennonite choir”–if I knew more about them, I’d tell you.
Why all the pictures of mountains and hills? Do you really need to ask? I will live up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help… (Psalm 121:1)
To God Be the Glory is one of the thousands of hymns written by Fanny Crosby, sung here by the Apostolic Men’s Christian Group.
Why so many mountains? Because the Bible is full of hills and mountains, naturally-occurring imagery for God… I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, whence cometh my help… –Psalm 121:1
My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:2)
Our help had better come from the Lord: this job is way too big for us.
Robert Knight has written a brief expose of the ACLU’s efforts to swing local elections (with Philadelphia being Ground Zero for the project) by harnessing convicted felons to canvass for Democrat votes ( https://townhall.com/columnists/robertknight/2017/05/23/the-aclus-excon-army-n2330448). Must be nice to have a convicted murderer ringing your doorbell on behalf of some left-wing candidate for prosecutor.
Money is pouring in from George Soros (of course). And get this. They call it the “Campaign for Smart Justice.” There are two words you should be afraid of when liberals invoke them, and they are both in that title: “smart” and “justice.” Trust liberals to give “justice” a bad name.
You’d think Democrats would be ashamed for their party to become known as the galloping felon party; but liberals are incapable of feeling shame. They are eager to mobilize an army of ex-cons: and, as one observer remarked, although it would clearly be against the law to do so, not much would stop them from wheeling the voting machines into the prison and allowing jailed felons to cast ballots.
The corruption is as deep as the sea and as high as the Himalayas. It wells out from the sinful human heart, stirred up by Satan. With its ceaseless promises of free stuff, social justice (whatever that is), and lots of fornication and never any adverse consequences, humanist liberalism is the welcome mat on the doorstep of Hell.
Only the sovereign power of God can and will defeat it: Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the cross, already has defeated it.
But it has pleased God to invite us to serve Him. We must not let the darkness overwhelm us: just about impossible, on our own; but the Lord will give us strength and courage, if we ask Him for it.