Look to God for Shelter
Today we face a pandemic that unites our Northern Nevada interfaith community. We come to God from all religions and pray in our own way to a Heavenly Father who loves us. Our prayers are prayers of hope, prayers of faith, prayers to overcome fear believing that we are not alone because we know He will not desert us.
This morning I had a coworker share that she had great fear. Her eyes were filled with tears as she explained her personal circumstance with a daughter in New York and the many things that she felt helpless to do anything about.
I thought of Job in the Old Testament. In his many trials, he turned to God and was given peace. Job 22:21, “Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.” Through prayer comfort is given, through prayer we receive peace, through prayer our relationship to God is strengthened so that we may find “shelter” from any storms that may come.
As we all hunker down and do what our government officials ask us to do, we are told to “shelter in place.” As good Washoe County citizens, we physically stay at home. But there’s a spiritual component to “sheltering in place.”
In Psalm 61:1-4 we read, look to God for “shelter.”
“Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.
“From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed
“Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
“For thou hast been a shelter for me and a strong tower from the enemy.
“I will abide in thy tabernacle forever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings.”
Peace comes as we trust in the “shelter of God’s protection.”
May God’s choicest blessings be yours and may joy and happiness fill your lives “thereby good shall come unto thee.” May we find “shelter” from our storm and peace in the only place where true peace is found.
Submitted by Pamela Kellerstrass
Coordinator, Nevada Prayer Breakfast 2020
Public Affairs Interfaith Specialist,
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints