Since newspapers have largely gone the way of the horse and buggy an entire generation has grown up with out the wonderful world of comic strips. Do you remember Charlie Brown and his friend Linus? Linus was most famous for always carrying or dragging around his security blanket. Everywhere he when , so went his blanket... I remember as a kid sometimes pulling the blankets on my bed up over my head and pretending that they were a force field. What's more they were an invisible force field rendering me hidden from the everyone and everything around me. What ever was bothering me simply couldn't find me.
This morning I sort of wanted to pull the blankets over my head. My heart is heavy for my friends and my church as they deal with the loss of a cherished member of Wallula. Sometimes death is like the ending of a really good book. You close the cover and take a deep breath fully satisfied with the story you've just finished. In those instances you look back on a life well lived, you cherish the memories and the good times, you relish in the legacy of that life and even though we still mourn - death seems to make sense. There are other times when death seems like a door slammed and locked in your face. Just a minute ago you were carrying on a great conversation on the front porch, making plans for the afternoon, anticipating the future and BAM! the door closes. You are left standing on the porch straining for a view, trying to understand, wondering if your message ever got through before the door closed. These are the times that make us yearn for the blanket force field.
That blanket won't help. It will not provide comfort, its warmth will be fleeting. You cannot navigate the front porch of despair alone. Please know the God who created you loves you. He is God even when life slams the door in our face. He is big and mighty and loving. His covering is the only source of comfort that makes a difference.
"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."
- 1 Peter 5:6-7