St. Patrick’s Breastplate

Put on the whole armor of God that I might withstand the wiles of the devil. Eph 6:11 I arise today through God’s strength to pilot me: God’s might to uphold me, God’s wisdom to guide me, God’s eye to look before me, God’s ear to hear me, God’s word to speak for me, God’s hand to guard me, God’s way to lie before me, God’s host to shield me – from the Breastplate of St. Patrick

Written sometime between the 4th and 9th centuries, this ancient prayer is thought to be a response to the Ephesians passage about the whole armor of God. The emphasis is on God’s protecting power rather than on the strength or the perspective of the wearer. The armor He clothes us in might look as flimsy as tattered robes. His protection may even look like it’s failed, the way the cross looked on Good Friday. But God is the victor over death, hell, and the grave while the devil can only point at death, hell and the grave as if they have the last word over God. We can trust His protection and strength no matter what.

Lord, help me to  stand clad in the protection You’ve provided me viewing everything that comes through an eternal lens.