Our church has some amazingly talented people, especially in music. Last week as this song was sung and the words flowed through my heart, I did stand in awe. It is based on Psalms 46, and says:
You’ve been our home, You’ve been our shelter safe
For young and old. For generations past.
We stand in awe, Of a God so great.
We stand in thanks, Of your faithfulness.
Oh Lord, you’ve been our dwelling place.
|my aunt, JoAnn|
I’ve heard it many times, but I needed the reminder that the things that I’m battling, the issues my family is dealing with and our friends are hurting over, that those are not new. 30 years ago, my grandmother had already seen heartbreak and loss greater than I’ve been able to imagine. My God is the same God who watched over her and the same God she worships today in heaven.
He was shelter for my parents through losses that included my Mom’s sister and my Dad’s twin brother, both as teenagers. Even when they didn’t want the comfort or couldn’t see it.
I hurt for friends who hurt today, I ache over my own tired and worn out spirit, and I can so easily get self focused on that. But my pains and struggles are no greater than those before me, and I think to the end of my Grandmother’s life and the fact that after all of that, she still knew the true joy and peace that knowing Him brings. God was her shelter and will be mine.
My own family legacy of losing those we love at a young age can sometimes grip my heart with fear for the future, and for what my boys’ will need shelter from. But I read those words and know that God will protect them and be their home, just as he was for generations of our family.
What are you facing? I encourage you to look for comfort in the shelter of Him.