My favorite psalm is Psalm 121 (I hope you will take a moment and read it). It has been called “A Psalm for Sojourners,” and was sung as the Jews journeyed to Jerusalem for religious celebrations. In verse 5, the psalmist gives beautiful images of our Lord as our Keeper, our Shade, and our Protector. These images tell us that God loves us so much that He is going to care for us as we walk through this journey called life. Things are going to happen on this journey that are difficult, there will be days when we need a shield to protect us from circumstances, people, and our own struggles. There will be times when we will need to rest by the cool shade of an oak tree on a very hot, sunny day. When difficulties arise, when we need to feel peace and rest, it is a comfort to know that God is there with oak tree or that protecting shield. What images of God help you as you journey through life? Take a moment and write them down. Maybe you see God as Shepherd, gathering us together. Or maybe you see God as Teacher, showing you the way. Whatever those images are, they help ground you in your faith and deal with the issues that come your way.
I hope that you will take a moment and reflect on how God helps you in all circumstances – maybe you have had a tough time with an illness or lost a family member or friend. Maybe God has opened a new way for you and there is much excitement in your life. Whatever comes your way, know that God is always there for you, loving, caring, protecting, shading, gathering, and teaching you on this journey of life. Amen.
Rev. Carol Cook