Dear God, show us the road
that you have chosen for us,
and give us the courage
to walk down it... Amen

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

So far away

Until today, I have been able to speak to Mom and Dad each morning and evening. They've been gone for five days now. I just realized how far they really are. We are communicating through email, and I really don't like that. I'm glad to know what they are doing, but I'd rather speak with them, and hear their voices. Sounds like they are really having a good time in Canada. Tuesday they were in Medicine Hat! How cool is that.
New message from Mom & Dad.
Good morning , it's 48 degrees F. here this morning. We hope to be in Banff Park this evening. Travel has been good. Windy yesterday. Hope Cody's back is better. Tell Cody and Jesse hello. Yesterday we saw the true meaning of Amber waves of Grain. Love, Pop and Mom

From the end of the earth I call to you, when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. -Psalm 61:2

Summer storms can come up quickly on the water. I learned this on a nearly perfect day when I was about 10 years old. The water was calm as my dad maneuvered our boat around the river while my brothers and I fished. Then without warning the wind shifted and the sky grew dark. Lightning came down in great streaks, as if looking for little kids in a metal boat.

"Everyone lie down!" my dad yelled above the sound of the wind. We lay on the floorboards and closed our eyes while Dad guided the boat. We hadn't gone far when he called to us again and pointed to a rock cliff. He pulled up to the shore and helped us climb to a small cave in the side of that rock where we huddled in safety until the storm passed.

When life suddenly changes or danger lies in my path, I think of that day and the psalmist's words in Psalm 46: "God is my refuge and strength, a present help in trouble" (verse 1). I still have to face what frightens me, but _I am not alone. God is that "rock that is higher than I," a safe place to go when the storms of life are raging. We can trust in God, no matter what happens.
(Judith Fulp-Eickstaedt)

Shelter us, O God, and guide us to places of safety when we are in danger. Calm the storms in our lives and in our souls and keep us close to you always. Amen.

1 comment:

SweetAnnee said...

Your blog looks wonderful..
so peaceful and soothing.
love you my friend..Deena