Jesus said to the Pharisees:
"There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen
and dined sumptuously each day.
And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores,
who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps
that fell from the rich man's table.
But Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the prophets.
Let them listen to them.'
He said, 'Oh no, father Abraham,
but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.'
Then Abraham said,
'If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets,
neither will they be persuaded
if someone should rise from the dead.'
I am especially caught by the line “neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.” Hello! This is the story of Jesus! A
You will free me from the snare they set for me,
for you are my refuge.
Into your hands I commend my spirit;
you will redeem me, O LORD, O faithful God.
I hear the whispers of the crowd,
that frighten me from every side,
as they consult together against me,
plotting to take my life.
But my trust is in you, O LORD;
I say, "You are my God."
In your hands is my destiny; rescue me
from the clutches of my enemies and my persecutors.
-Psalm 31: 5-6, 14-16
What is a refuge? A place of safety. A place of beauty. A place where the natural world can simply be. No worries. My favorite coffee cup says “Hakuna Matata” – no worries.
I went through a very stressful time in my life where I reported a friend to DSHS for neglecting her children. It was the hardest thin