Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Halfway Through Crucible -- Hardest Time for Prospective Marines (personal request)

We are in a prayer chain, and for the entire Crucible family and friends choose and hour to pray. We have Tues., Wed., and Thurs. at 4am. If any of you just wish to lift up these young men of Golf Company down in San Diego... all prayers accepted. You can pray not only for these young men, but also for the Drill Instructors and others in command, the families, and also for the prayer warriors. You should keep all our men and women in prayer normally, but if you want to throw my son's name up there to the "Big-Guy," no-harm-no-foul. Its silly, but I am teary eyed in pain for him to finish the task placed before him... because I know how much he wants it.

The Crucible is about half over. Tomorrow is that 10-mile hike/hill that is a legend in Marine lore that is found in a couple movies. So I have included one of the many great chapters that warriors can pray from in the hope that you can pray from it as well for these young men starting out in the task of serving their country.

His name is Dominic, and he is in the third row, 7th in as the camera pans right with that row in clear view.

91 You who sit down in the High God’s presence,
     spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow,
     Say this: “God, you’re my refuge.
     I trust in you and I’m safe!”
     That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps,
     shields you from deadly hazards.
     His huge outstretched arms protect you—
     under them you’re perfectly safe;
     his arms fend off all harm.
     Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night,
     not flying arrows in the day,
     Not disease that prowls through the darkness,
     not disaster that erupts at high noon.
     Even though others succumb all around,
     drop like flies right and left,
     no harm will even graze you.
     You’ll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance,
     watch the wicked turn into corpses.
     Yes, because God’s your refuge,
     the High God your very own home,
     Evil can’t get close to you,
     harm can’t get through the door.
     He ordered his angels
     to guard you wherever you go.
     If you stumble, they’ll catch you;
     their job is to keep you from falling.
     You’ll walk unharmed among lions and snakes,
     and kick young lions and serpents from the path.
     “If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says God,
     “I’ll get you out of any trouble.
     I’ll give you the best of care
     if you’ll only get to know and trust me.
     Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times;
     I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party.
     I’ll give you a long life,
     give you a long drink of salvation!”