"But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you." Psalm 5:11 The picture painted in scripture is that followers of Christ are refugees who belong to a glorious kingdom with a perfect King. Yet, we live in a world full of wrongdoing, suffering, and heartache. Our hope gives us reason for joy, for the One who is in us is lovely and kind. The place He has prepared for us has many glorious rooms. With this hope in view, followers of Christ have hope. As we chose to reside in His love and His unshakable Kingdom and His promise that "we have overcome" (1 John 5:4) we find the secret of being content (even joyous!) in every situation.
Thirty years ago, the technology that just turned my digital world upside down was unimaginable. I was locked out of my Google account because I foolishly left a Google voice number as a two-factor authentication. So when I was logged out of all devices unexpectedly, I couldn’t receive text messages to prove my identity. The thought of trying to describe this situation to someone in the 90’s is comical. What is Google? Two-factor authentication? A digital world? Similarly, I can’t imagine explaining that despite having a ticket, I couldn’t board a plane that had a seat for me because a computer wouldn’t print my youngest child's boarding pass. In pursuing security and efficiency, have we lost common sense? Technology has changed the world so quickly that I am old enough to remember a time when manual workarounds were commonplace and young enough to expect a lot more change will come in my lifetime. I spent much of yesterday trying every possible means of recovering ten years of e