Chaplains Corner

Psalm 121 – The School Psalm – Part 2

He will not let your foot be moved;
    he who keeps you will not slumber.
He who keeps Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

Here are verse 3 and 4 of the School Psalm, Psalm 121. The ancient journey psalm which I began writing about in my last Chaplains Corner. These verses speak of Yahweh, the Lord, keeping us as we journey. Verse 3 speaks of ‘our foot not being moved’ in the sense of the ground on which we stand (God) is secure and will never fail. It is sure and certain, we will not fall if the ground on which we stand is the Lord. The text then moves on to describe the Lord, God, as one who never slumbers. As a parent there have been nights along the journey when I have needed to sleep in the room on the floor beside my son when he has been ill. And as a parent, you stay as much as you can in that wakeful sleep mode, listening for changes in breathing. This image of our God surpasses that because as parents we cannot be constantly watchful and awake, instead we are reminded in this passage that God never sleeps, is always present, always wakeful, and it is a promise. A promise for all eternity. We are never alone.

May the weeks ahead be filled with moments where you are reminded of this

Grace and Peace
Rev’d Alison

 

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