The Wandering Desert Monk

The Wandering Desert Monk

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

God is your refuge...


One of the great joys I have each week is to worship with a group of people who know what it means to live in suffering and fear. My fellow worshippers have come from places where they saw suffering and who experienced suffering as they fled their war-torn countries. They tell harrowing tales of escape in the darkness, fleeing flying bullets and standing up to men brandishing weapons of death. Starvation, rape and vicious brutality marked their lives. Living for years in a tent in a refugee camp with unsanitary conditions, listening to their crying, hungry children, wondering if this their sealed doom. Yet they kept their faith through it all. Remember where they have been, they gather to thank God for their new lives. There lives express the truth the Psalmist understood:

Trust in him (God) at all times, you people;
   pour out your hearts to him,
   for God is our refuge. – Psalm 62:8

Whatever experience you are in today, my friends would tell you, “God is your refuge.” – Ron Friesen

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