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Safe Shelter

“According the greatness of your goodness and your many mercies, look down on me and hear the prayer of your poor servant, exiled far off in the land of the shadow of death.  Protect and keep the soul of your servant, traveling amid the many dangers of life. By your grace, direct him along the path of peace until he is back home in the land of everlasting brightness.”  Thomas รก Kempis
These two Bible passages are separated by more than five hundred years, but their theme is the same.  Only God gives us the sanctuary we can trust. Living two millennia from when these verses were written, we still have the same choice: to trust ourselves or to trust God. I guess it all depends on what and where we call “home.” 
Avalanche Falls, The Flume, NH

Pancake Rocks, South Island, New Zealand

A Celtic Prayer to begin the day

God’s light overcomes the darkness, and He is deeply present with us in this, His world. I love the way this prayer reminds me of my oneness with Him.

Mt Harris, Grande Ronde Valley, OR

Pancake Rocks, South Island, New Zealand

Oregon Coast

Ecuador

San Gabriel Mts, Pacific Crest Trail

Called by our name

Walking past a local elementary school, I watched a smiling little five year boy leave his mother’s car and start running toward the school.  However, after a moment, he turned his head back toward his mother who was standing by the car door, and shouted “I love you, Mommy.”  She turned and got into the car as he kept running. But then he turned around again, kissed his hand and blew the kiss to her. All the time he was smiling, running, loving. How great it is to be so loved and loving.

As adults, we often forget the time when we were so deeply loved and known by our parents. Or, we never experienced that love in the first place. And thus we feel lost and unattended in the vastness of the universe. Reuben Job provides wonderful insight that as people created by God, we are not orphans in an impersonal world. Rather, he writes, “the Biblical record clearly affirms the fact that God knows us and calls us by name…We belong to God who claims us as beloved children and holds us close in the embrace of strength and love. Listen and remember today the God calls your name and be transformed and sustained in all that awaits you.”
What an incredible relationship!  How often do we blow kisses to this our God?