Psalm(s): 16 , 17
Old Testament: Isaiah 3:8-15
New Testament: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

St. Francis Xavier College in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Guard me as the apple of the eye;
hide me in the shadow of your wings (Psalm 17:8)

Kind of ironic that this verse should stick out for me during Morning Prayer. Usually, this is one of the lines used at Compline which is the last prayer service of the canonical hours.

I find the language of it quite striking. We are asking God to keep us as the focus of his attention…we are asking to be loved and cherished. We are seeking protection from all who seek to do us harm. It is here that we get a plea for God to be Our loving Father to us.

While I have no children of my own, I have six neices and nephews (four biologically, two through affinity) and they are–without a doubt–the greatest joy of my life 😀 <3.

There is nothing I wouldn’t do for them, and I certainly do everything within my power to protect them from danger.

That being said, I can’t shield them from living their life, or getting scrapes, bruises and cuts. Mistakes and injury is how they learn, it shapes their personalities and helps to define who they are.

Throughout Scripture, we get that same sense about the LORD. While he creates, reedems, and sustains us, he still leaves room for us to manuever. Like any parent, he wants what is best for us.

Like a loving mother, She doesn’t want us to fall into sin, to be hurt, or to have moments of defeat and disappointment.

At the same time, what kind of Father would God be if he stripped us of free will???? That kind of parenting doesn’t leave room for growth or maturity. It doesn’t allow for His sons and daughters to discover who they really are.

Without free will, there’s no way that we could offer worship and praise to God. We would simply be robots performing functions and not children at all.

While it sometimes hurts to be independent, and mistakes can be regretted….let us go forward with the confidence that God loves us and that we are all precious in His sight ❤ +