Thursday, 28 February 2008

Morning prayer sheltering under God's protective wings

In our simple morning prayer service today Simone Sinn offered us a wonderful and thoughtful meditation on the word and meaning of wings in the Bible.
The idea of the protective wings of God as a place of refuge in times of fear and tempest; a place of shelter within which to give praise and experience joy; a symbol of righteousness and healing; a symbol for God's tender care and concern; and then finally a powerful and beautiful metaphor for renewal and a soaring spiritual of resistance.
This resumé does not do justice to Simone's words this morning, which were not written down, but you can read her choice of Bible verses below. She prepared a gentle, soaring moment for us as the start to our day.

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, until the destroying storms pass by.
Psalm 57:1

For you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.
Psalm 63:7

But for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings.
Malachi 4:2

Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!
Luke 13:34

Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31

1 Comment:

Deirdre said...

And in Genesis 1, the Spirit hovers over the face of the waters...which presumably implies wings, and benign activity, perhaps.

Thanks for this post!