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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Shelter…



LORD, you are my God
   I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness
   you have done wonderful things,
   things planned long ago
You have been a refuge for the poor,
   a refuge for the needy in their distress,
a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. 
Isaiah 25:1 and 4 (NIV)


Storms come; we prepare as best we can, but ultimately, we are provided Shelter.  We put things away, we batten down hatches, but we are provided Shelter.   We pray for safety, God’s Grace, and that His Presence would abide with us.  We seek Shelter.

Faith reminds us
that fear is unnecessary;
out of step with faith.
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Life can make you weary, and here is what I know. The Four Seasons and Fergie got it wrong…big girls do cry.  We get weary, but we persevere, because we know Shelter. It’s okay to cry, it’s okay to be afraid (though when we understand the nature of God we understand fear to be unnecessary). Despite our humanness, we pray to be sheltered, knowing that God’s Goodness and Mercy are and have always been sufficient to meet our needs.  Faith reminds us that fear is unnecessary; out of step with faith. 

Storms make great noise, but like so many things in life, to little or no effect. He is our Shelter, our refuge, our shade from the heat. We are covered.

So, at the end of a stormy week and the end of a long but beautiful day, Lord, I exalt and praise Your Name. You have done wonderful things. I am thankful and grateful and encouraged. I am weary, but yet awash in wonder.  I continue to be imprisoned by hope; captivated by joy. Sometimes life is wonderful. When storms come, I have the blessed assurance that good comes soon after.  And that assurance reminds me that my cup is never empty. I am reminded that God is good.

Today I am praying and playing with Sandra Heska King in Still Saturday... 

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