by Darla Noble
The beloved of the LORD will dwell in safety by him. He covers him all day long. He dwells between his shoulders.
George Burks was an army medic who served in the Philippines during World War II. On the day George was killed during combat, his acts of bravery posthumously earned him the Distinguished Service Cross and another Purple Heart—an honor that is given to only those who go above and beyond the call of duty.
In the letter sent to George’s father telling him about the medal he would be receiving on his son’s behalf, it was stated that on the day he died, George carried multiple wounded soldiers from the frontlines of battle in order to be able to render first-aid to them. It was stated that he did so each time “…using himself as a shield in order to carry the wounded…with utter disregard for his own safety….” George willingly sacrificed his own safety in order to help others.
That’s what Jesus did for us on the cross and what He still does for us each and every day. He positions Himself between us and sin; putting up a protective barrier. He covers us and carries us out of the reach of danger.