1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Anyone who is familiar with the hymn “On Eagles Wings” will recognize the words of this psalm. I love the idea of resting in the arms of the Father. I come from a very Irish English background, and those of you who are the same will understand when I say that this is not a very affectionate group of people even though they love you very much. So, it was a very special moment when your father hugged you. Usually this happened when you really needed a hug! This is how I think of God watching over me and giving me refuge when I am feeling lost or troubled. Just as I trusted my father to be there when I needed him, I trust God to be there. My father couldn’t prevent disappointments or trouble from coming my way, neither can God. However, both fathers were there to see me through them, by my side all the way. God assures us that his love and his presence is everlasting. God is faithful even when we are not. I am well aware that not everyone has had a father’s presence in their lives for so many different reasons. One of my grandsons was only 2 when his father died, and I am so proud of my daughter-in-law for letting him know that his father loved him. Some children have suffered at the hands of their parents, and this experience makes it difficult to trust God. When I would work with parents, I always reminded the Dad’s that the first prayer most of us learn is the “Our Father” and that their children will judge God by their experience with their own father. I do realize that I was fortunate, and I encourage any men who read this to think about the connection their children will have between their behavior and God’s. Even if you are not always able to be present, make sure that your children know of your love for them and that you have placed them under the protection of the Father. And so we pray:
Thank you, Lord God for keeping us safe against the chaos of the world; for walking with us through the difficulties of life, and for sheltering us in the shadow of your wings. Amen.