” . . . under the shadow . . . “
“How precious, O God, is your constant love! We find protection under the shadow of your wings.”
(Psalm 36:7)
The giant storm this past weekend was beautiful to behold (when you weren’t shoveling) and offered the opportunity for lots of beautiful photos.  As I looked back over some of my photos from the weekend, this is the one that said, “Pick me!”  Not very complicated, just gentle rolling hills of snow punctuated by dark shadows.  It started me wondering about shadows.

Shadows often get a bad rap. Shadows are associated with doom and gloom, or a negative influence, like, “She lived under the shadow of her sister’s reputation.”  This photo points me in a more positive direction.  By definition the presence of a shadow means there is also the presence of light and some figure to cast the shadow.  I see it more like the psalmist, “How precious, O God, is your constant love! We find protection under the shadow of your wings.” Shadows help capture the mystery of life.  We see the shadow of something that exists, even if we can’t look to see the very real object casting the shadow.

I experience God’s love to be very much like that.  I know I can’t see God face to face on this side of heaven, but I know I experience God’s love as it’s shared among us.  The presence of that divine shadow gives me assurance that there is One with Light casting that shadow.  It’s an amazing gift to watch as a young child comes to the awareness that the mysterious shadow following them across the parking lot belongs to them.  With glee and excitement they begin to play with their shadow or allow their shadow to play with the shadows of others.  Maybe that’s the same way we should greet God’s shadow of love when we encounter it in our lives, with excitement, joy, and a desire to play well with others.  I pray that I will always live in the shadow of God’s constant love, and look for ways to draw others to God’s shadow.  How about you?

Blessings and Peace,


Pastor, Cross Lanes United Methodist Church

Cross Lanes, West Virginia

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~ by revgenelson on January 27, 2016.

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