By: Brittany Fiscus-van Rossum
Reflection—v.3, He who keeps you will not slumber.
When reading this psalm, I cannot help but to think of the harsh conditions of the outdoors. Have you ever sat out in the sun too long without shade or enough sun-block, knowing your skin is burning and your body temperature is rising? Have you ever shivered as the wind whipped you and cold rain drops landed on your face, knowing that soon you will be shivering and chilled to the bone? Such feelings can capture the intensity of feeling unequipped, uncared for, and unsafe. Sometimes the only relief comes when you rush indoors with a deep sigh, trusting that you are now protected from the elements. However, many of us do not have the safety and comfort of such places of relief. Whether it is because they are fleeing unsafe conditions in far-off countries, or living on the streets within our very own neighborhoods, many of our brothers and sisters find it difficult to experience the relief of a safe night’s sleep indoors. But, as Christians, let us acknowledge that we have a God who wants that for us, and for all humans. Our God is one who would shield us from the harsh elements, and keep us while we slumber. Let us participate in this, God’s work, that all may feel such relief and protection.
Prayer God, you stay up while we sleep. You never slumber. May we do a better job of caring for one another, even as you so lovingly care for us all.