FOR MONDAY *TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Psalm 36:5-11
“How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.” (Psalm 36:7; New Revised Standard Version)
I remember it well – the weekend that my all-time cheerleader, Ms. Sue Bell, and my beloved mentor, Rev. Tom Caldwell, both died. One loss was expected since Ms. Sue had been battling cancer for some time. The other was a gut-wrenching shock because Tom’s life was abruptly taken from us by a drunk driver. I felt as if I was sinking in despair. My heart was devastated – so alone, so broken, so afraid what my future would be without them.
On Monday, I drove to the town where Tom’s service was being held. Later that evening, I would be gathering with my hometown family of faith as we would try to console one another in the loss of Sue who had served as the secretary there since I was only three. The church sanctuary holding the funeral for Tom was already full when I arrived. So, I had to listen to the words being spoken through the door of the sanctuary while standing in a crowded foyer. My head was spinning as the tears of grief welled up in my eyes. It’s such a strange experience to feel so alone in the midst of so many.
Then God entered the foyer and offered me refuge in the shadow of His wings. God came up behind me through a friend and colleague, David, who knew that I was hurting from a double loss. He did not say any words to me. He simply surrounded me with his loving arms and held me tight. He restored me that day and I shall always be thankful for his presence that day, for providing me refuge.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, surround us with Your comfort and light so that we may trust in You no matter what circumstances we will face this day. Amen.
*The Scripture Reading for each day is selected from the Revised Common Daily Lectionary used in A Disciple’s Journal – 2015 by Steven W. Manskar]