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Standing Firm: Words of Wisdom to Those Heading Off to College

Dear Julie,

I woke early this morning, slipped into my old terry-cloth robe and sat on my front porch steps with my steaming cup and Bible. The flowers in my window-boxes were still nodding, not even the mockingbirds were up commanding the neighborhood yet. I tried to inhale this quietness into my heart. I will need it today. "Lord of the morning," I prayed, "here in Your garden, come and meet this day's needs before I do. Nest in my heart the weapons from your Word I will need to fight today's battles."

As I read a passage in Thessalonians reminding me of God's faithfulness to us in the midst of an evil world, I started thinking about how difficult it is to "flee evil" today. We run into it even in the institutions where we should be "safe". Churches, homes, schools - there is no place to hide from the corruption of sin.