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Under His Wings

Text-Psalm (91:4) He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. (New International Version)

Thought starters
An article in "National Geographic Magazine," several years ago (not this one but one like it) provided a special picture of God’s wings.

After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park, forest rangers began their trek up a mountain to look at the fire’s damage.

One ranger found a bird petrified in ashes. What does petrified mean? Petrified means like a stone.

This bird was perched like a statue on the ground at the base of a tree.

Somewhat sickened by the eerie sight, the ranger pushed over the bird with a stick. When he gently pushed it, three tiny chicks scurried from under their dead mother’s wings.

Their loving mother, especially aware of impending disaster, had carried her offspring to the base of the tree and had gathered them under her wings. She knew that the poisonous or toxic smoke would rise. She could have flown to safety but refused to abandon her babies.

When the blaze had arrived and the heat had scorched her small body, the mother had remained steadfast. Because she was willing to die, those under the cover of her wings lived.

"He will cover you with his feathers and under his wings you will find safety" Psalm 91:4

Hymn-"Under His Wings" William O. Cushing

Prayer-Dear God, Please protect and keep us, under your wings, and show your mercy, when we ruffle your feathers. Amen

Prop-A "National Geographic" magazine to help them understand the type of magazine the story came from. I also have learned to use a stick.

Background-This was an e-mail sent to me several years ago. I couldn’t help but use it again with today’s lectionary.

by William Bode

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