God is our refuge and strength a very present help in trouble.
My dad could play the piano, make wonderful Italian spaghetti and tell funny stories about his experiences during WWII. His work allowed him to be home on many week days so he often did the grocery shopping and ran the vacuum. He also took my brother and me to our various lessons and practices.
I never thought of him as a hero until I started reading about the fighting in North Africa during WWII. As a Staff Sergeant in the Army Air Corp, he and those he served with were expected to do heroic tasks.
God gave a regular guy the courage needed during the troubles of war.
Now, every hour of each day, news outlets proclaim national and world events that are frightening, but we can be confident God will give us extra portions of bravery when we need it.
In her journal Mother wrote, “Heroes in battle are not always heroes in daily life.”
To paraphrase John Wayne, “A hero is someone who may be scared to death but saddles up anyway.”
With God as our refuge and strength, courage will come.
Dear Lord, I thank you for those who protect us. Give them courage when they need it, and help each of us live heroically for You. Amen