A Glimpse of a Greater Guardian

I was stirred watching this video of Canadian House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers making his way into the main Parliament building today after yesterday stopping the gunman who killed a Canadian soldier. Vickers’ actions were dutiful and truly heroic. And the House of Commons response was right and honorable. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s 3 minutes well-spent.

 

As I watched and appreciated this man’s courage and skill I was also reminded of this passage:

…the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying,

 

“Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.”

 

Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice,

 

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and blessing!”

 

And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,

 

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”

 

And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped. (Revelation 5:8-14 ESV)

The actions of Kevin Vickers and many others who put themselves on the line to protect others resonate deeply because they give us a glimpse of a greater Guardian. And just as we rightly honor these actions today, there will be a day when the Lamb will receive the full reward of his suffering.

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