Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Refuge and Strength

The call that changed my life forever came on October 2, 1998.  The unthinkable had happened and his life with us here was over.  As JP and I were processing and packing, I instinctively grabbed my 70s green Living Bible.  While JP drove, I read Psalms.  I came to Psalms 34 and 46 and my heart start soaking in their message. 

"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day."  Psalm 46:  1-5
The earth gave way that night and it felt like the mountains were falling into the heart of the sea.  The waters were roaring and the mountains were quaking.  The river of His presence was within me--that city-the "her"- this Scripture speaks about.  As we approached the break of day,  God was our refuge and strength in our immense trouble.
Every time I read this Scripture I am reminded of His comfort on that long drive in the midst of the darkness. 
As we approach yet another parole hearing, He is still our refuge and strength!  He will not let us fall and we can go forward with no fear no matter the outcome. 


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