Posted by: word4men | September 1, 2009

A Refuge

germany-schwabishe-alb_~DJH49080This is the devotion I delivered to an Interdisciplinary Group meeting in Atlanta during my corporate training.  Just posting it as I promised.
A Refuge
1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. [a]
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
Psalm 91:1-4

We live busy stressful lives. Children to school or daycare; fight metro traffic; help Mom and Dad or worry about Mom and Dad if they live a couple of hours away; a thousand and one bills to keep track of just to live our modern lives; the yard needs mowed and there just isn’t any daylight; spouse needs time…what time? Did I mention the kids are back in school and I just had to spend way too much money for the right sneakers and new clothes…they just grow or grow fickle way too fast…not to mention they ultra-specific school supply lists. The in-box of life seems to keep refilling and the out-box, well it isn’t filling nearly so fast…too many things that just don’t get finished. And then there are strained relationships that I just can’t seem to get reconciled.
And that is live.
Oh, did I mention that we work in hospice. None of our patients actually get better. They all are preparing to die. All of their loved ones are dealing with a volatile cocktail of emotions, and oft times we do also.
And that is life…it seems to be battling against us from start to finish.
But there is a place. It is rather similar for many and different for everyone. It maybe alone in the mountains looking down on the landscape, just you and your thoughts. It maybe dinner with an old friend, who knows you as no other. When you finally get an evening alone with your spouse or companion. It maybe a closet where you can just cry out, pray, meditate.
This place is your refuge. It is where you can feel safe and be recharged. We all need that place…all of us in this modern world (3d world subsistence farmers need it too!). But our lives in the good old USA, we are doing… and doing. Sawing wood and never sharpening the saw. I hope you have a refuge and fortress where you are safe, a place to dump some of the stress and mourning that we absorb. A place where you are fed and can renew you soul.
This is in some ways a bland blog…I learned how to do this from a CPE friend, Karen Humbert, who is now the rector of a ECUSA (Episcopal) congregation in Huntington, WV…this free flow liturgy as she would call it I think. It seemed to hit a few of the folks I gave it to in Atlanta, but being in a secular environment and not knowing all the members of the group, I did it bland. The SALT I would add to it is simply this- Each human beings’ true refuge is the Triune God of the Bible. One who loves His people so that He would sacrifice His own Son (a very real part of Himself) to wipe their sins from the record. But hates the sin that destroys us and dishonors Him so much that the Son had to die in place of sinners. Your place. Put your trust for this life and the next in the Son, Jesus Christ. Acknowledge Him as the LORD of the Universe and the Savior of Creation seemingly lost in sin. Know Him, Love Him.

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