What does it mean to be Liam’s Shield Bearer?

Liam’s name means Beloved, Courageous Protector.  We remind him every time he goes to sleep because it’s part of his blessing song.  (Each of our kids has a personalized blessing that we sing over them before they go to sleep.  It’s a Harris-thing.)

After learning of Liam’s diagnosis, I kept hearing the words of Nehemiah 1:11 in my head, “I was a cupbearer to the king,” and I realized that what Liam the Protector needed was an army of Shield Bearers–people who would lift up the shield of faith and pray for our son.  It’s a similar image to Aaron and Hur raising up Moses’ weary hands and keeping them steady till sunset  as  Joshua battled the Amalekites in Exodus 17:8-15.  Liam is fighting a battle and needs the shield of faith to be raised on his behalf.

The verse on the bracelets is Ephesians 6:16, “In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”  It’s the ending verse to the Ephesians 6:10-16 Armor of God passage:

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God,so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

As you pray for Liam, we encourage you to put on the full armor of God before taking up the shield of faith to pray for our son.

We are so grateful for your prayers and humbled by the number of people who are praying for Liam.  People coast to coast and around the world are praying for our son.  We serve a big God and trust that regardless of the outcome that He will be glorified.