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What God and Atticus Finch Have in Common

“[Atticus] would be there all night, and he would be there imgres    when Jem waked up in the morning.”

This last line from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of my favorites. For those familiar with the novel’s plot, you’ll remember that 12-year-old Jem and his little sister Scout have endured a harrowing experience, nearly losing their lives at the hands of the disgraced and drunken Bob Ewell. According to Scout (the book’s young narrator), their father, Atticus Finch, had seemed detached and old, but in a crisis, he proved himself a wise and protective parent.

Life has seemed stranger than fiction lately. Like me, have you felt uneasy about recent events?

The market highs and lows.

The murder of Middle Eastern Christians by Islamists.

The casual, even callous, attitude toward killing the unborn.

Droughts. Forest fires. Earthquakes. Hurricanes.

The writer of Psalm 121 cried out “Where does my help come from?” Then, he answered his question: “My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” And like Atticus Finch, God doesn’t doze off or head to bed right in the middle of a crisis. The psalmist says that He watches over His people: He stands guard day and night.

And if we are tempted to think that He has forgotten us or that He hasn’t heard what’simgres-1 going on down here on Planet Earth, read the end of the book (wink).

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