Blessing and love flow from Scripture, and it surrounds me as a blanket with comfort and beauty.
I pray to you, God,
because you will help me.
Listen and answer my prayer!
7 Show your wonderful love.
Your mighty arm protects those
who run to you
from their enemies.
8 Protect me as you would
your very own eyes;
hide me in the shadow
of your wings. Psalm 17 CEV
I have always loved the imagery connected with hiding in the shadow of wings. It fills me with such a sense of safety and peace.
You provide food
for those you love.
Their children have plenty,
and their grandchildren
will have more than enough. Psalm 17 CEV
For many years, in different seasons, I have prayed the words that we would have “more than enough.” This blessing comforts me and offers hope and promise. Reading this psalm, I am exhorted to continue on in this prayer for my family; I want a vision for biblical legacy and heritage and the grace to walk it out.
16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. 2 Thessalonians 2 ESV
In the morning, I try to gather with my younger children (those not in high school yet) and meet around truth and beauty. We pray and meditate on Scripture. We read poetry and literature. Sometimes, we look at fine art. We memorize passages and recite them to each other. We delve into devotions and Bible story. And, at the end, I speak Scripture passages over them and bless them. This passage from Thessalonians 2 is one of those that I share with my children during those morning times. How we all need eternal comfort and good hope! How we need to be established in every good work and word. There is so much good work to do in every day. Sometimes, the days feel long, and I struggle to do what is right. I struggle to engage with the task at hand within the confines of my home, bound in the relationships within my four walls. It is a good work within these walls, and I am desperate for the grace to walk in that goodness. The Lord’s love is a shield, a comfort, and a respite. I can run to Him, and I am safe. I can lead my children there, too. We can hide ourselves in Him and find what is needed to step out into the routines of a different day and live well through Him. In Him, all is grace.
Dear Lord, help me to truly read and dwell in Your beautiful, life-giving Word. Let each Word come to me with power and with grace. Thank You for Your Kindness- that You hide me in the shadow of Your Wings, that You promise me More than Enough, that You establish my heart in what is good and true. Help me, O Lord, to live for You. Help me to be a vessel of Your love and a flame of light to those around me. Amen.
One response to “Leviticus 14; Psalm 17; Proverbs 28; 2 Thessalonians 2”
My mom did that with my brothers and sister when we were growing up too. It changed my life. So glad you are building Jesus into your family.