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Psalm 31:3 Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe, for you are my crag and my stronghold; for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me.
The psalmist yearns for the safety of castle walls, but the castle he envisions assures eternal safety. It cannot be conquered by any opposing force. Ultimately, this castle is not made of stone but of grace. It can be entered only in the Name of the Holy One because it is the embodiment of the Holy.
This castle is the home of the One “in whom we live and move and have our being.” The gates are the welcoming arms of the Sovereign of Creation. They are eternally open to those who come in peace. I guess it’s time for my knights to start beating their swords into plowshares.
Today the Church remembers Paul Jones, 1941.