Rescue. Refuge. Safety.

I watched as the fingerprints flashed through the screen. One in particular looked unusual…almost familiar. I looked at my left thumb and realized that was where I had seen that pattern before…

“They were my fingerprints!”

I vaguely remember having my fingerprint taken when one of my children was born.  No, I’m not in jail. I’m safe in my writing room.

But, the world is not safe. Someone hacked into my email account and sold my name, email, and password on the black market.  “Life Lock” was giving me instructions in removing my name from public lists.

Why anyone would want my identity is beyond me. If they read my blogs they would see I have not received a paycheck since 2008!

Proverbs 22:1, “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.” ESV

I spent 8 1/2 hours recovering my email and LinkedIn account; changing my passwords on the programs in which I used that email address; setting up a new email account on another host; verifying everything; and removing my name from 8 websites that offer, or sell, personal information.

“Life Lock” is my city of refuge. As long as I stay with them, I will be safe.

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In Canaan, God set up refuge cities for those who accidentally killed someone to protect them from avenging relatives.

Numbers 35:25, “And the congregation shall rescue the manslayer from the hand of the avenger of blood, and the congregation shall restore him to his city of refuge to which he had fled, and he shall live in it until the death of the high priest who was anointed with the holy oil.” ESV

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Dear Lord,

Thank you that: by wise guidance we can wage war (Proverbs 24:6); even if we fall seven times, we will rise again (Proverbs 24:16); we do not need to worry about evil doers, (Proverbs 24:19); You are our Refuge and Strength, a very present Help in trouble, (Psalms 46:1); Your Name is a Strong Tower and when we run into it, we are safe, (Proverbs 18:10).

Amen

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