The Covering of Love
The Hebrew word for covering is Tekhaseh
In this time of the Pandemic
We are told to cover for each other.
An act of kindness and an act of love
We are reminded that "love covers a multitude of sins"
Sometimes covering can be beautiful and tragic
Frightening and hopeful
We are familiar with the story of the time of Noah
Water covered the earth
That covering was tragic
At the end of Noah's life there was a different kind of covering
The covering of love.
Two sons unraveled a cloak between them
They walked backwards into their father's tent
Holding the cloak at each end
Neither one looked at their father
They kept their backs respectfully before him
They kept their eyes away
They lay the cloak softly over their father
Was it a royal cloak?
I think so,
Their father was a righteous man
This was a covering of love and grace
The covering of a King
When his children stumble
He covers them
Should we not?
"Brothers and sisters if someone is caught in a fault you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently." Galatians 6:1
It is embarrassing
We look around
Did someone see?
Love sometimes turns a blind eye and looks the other way
Covers once again with the royal cloak
Stained by our Savior's blood
I have more questions than answers
I am just the story teller
In Ezekiel, chapter 16 a graphic picture is presented
It is the picture of an abandoned child
A symbolic picture of a fallen city
"As for your birth, on the day you were born you were not washed with water for cleansing or even wrapped in cloths. No eye looked with pity on you to do any of those things for you, to have compassion on you. Rather, you were thrown into an open field for you were abhorred on the day you were born."
An infant lay in an open field
Abandoned and exposed to wild animals
The abandoned child may not have experienced joy
However, it already knows pain
The infant can not defend the evil
The description of the abandoned child reveals a God who sees
He sees the sparrow fall from the tree
Does he not see the child?
"When I passed by you and saw you, I said
I bathed you with water
I anointed you with oil
I also clothed you." Ezekiel 16:6
The Damaged Child /June Smith
He woke her up this morning
As she was sleeping there
He saw a damaged child
That no one could repair
He spoke softly with his voice
In the music of a dove
She felt her heart rejoice
He filled her with his love
He held her in his arms
As she was waking there
He had seen a damaged child
That He alone repaired. /j.smith
"Under His wings I am safely abiding
Though the night deepens, and tempests are wild
Still I can trust Him, I know He will keep me
He has redeemed me, and I am His child.
Under His wings, under His wings
Who from His love can sever?
Under His wings my soul shall abide
Safely abide forever!" /William Orcutt Cushing
"And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from the God's love. Neither death or life, neither angels or demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow-not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below-indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:31-39