Paths to Safety

God made us.  He knows our strengths and our weaknesses.  He knows just how far we can go, and when we should pull back for our own good.  We need to understand our limitations the way that God does.

On our journey to the foot of the cross we need to remember that we are only human.  We are vulnerable.  We are feeble and frail.  Sometimes we face challenges and need a safe place.  In those times our hope is in God, and God is our only hope.

The hymn O Worship the King was written by Robert Grant.  Grant was born into privilege, but was always keenly sensitive to the plight of people who were more vulnerable.  While serving in Parliament he led persistent and successful efforts for passage of laws to improve conditions for minority groups.  When he was appointed as governor in Bombay, India he worked tirelessly to help the poor and the sick.  He was a devoted Christian.  His life reflected God’s love so well that people of other faiths recognized Grant by naming a medical school in his honor.

As influential and successful as he was, though, Grant knew his limitations.  He knew God as his protector.  He knew that God provided that safe place where all of God’s people are loved.  He shared his insights in the words of this hymn, which still speaks to the church today.

Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
in thee do we trust, nor find thee to fail;
thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end,
our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.

Stay close to God.  He is indeed our maker, defender, redeemer, and friend.  He will keep us safe on our journey.

Follow the Path!

[Use with Safe Journey, day 36 of A Labyrinth Pilgrimage]

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