Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Day 26: Our Shelter and Refuge

On Sunday afternoon, while visiting North Anna Battlefield Park in nearby Hanover County, VA, Robbie Wood wandered away from his father, his younger autistic brother and his father’s girlfriend. 

Robbie is a nine year old, non-verbal autistic boy.  Hundreds of volunteers and law enforcement officials have joined in the search for Robbie.  It is now Wednesday and he still has not been found.

My heart breaks when I think of how terrified he must be.  The turmoil his family must be experiencing in not knowing Robbie’s whereabouts is just incomprehensible.

When I read today’s name of God, I immediately thought of Robbie.

Maon, Machseh, Magen, Metsuda and Migdal-Oz all speak to the God who promised to watch over us and keep us safe.  He is our Dwelling Place, Refuge, Shield, Fortress, and Strong Tower.

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.
Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge,
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of the night . . .
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
they will life you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot upon a stone.”  Psalm 91:1-5, 11-12

We may not know where Robbie is right now, but God sees him and it is my prayer that He is watching over him.

Will you please join me in praying for Robbie’s safety and that he will be reunited with his family soon?

Maon, Machseh, Magen, Metsuda and Migdal-Oz, God Almighty, we come to you now and ask that you provide a dwelling place for little Robbie Wood.  Provide a shelter for him as he faces the elements on his own.  Be his strong tower and his shield.  Cover him with your wings and let him not fear the night.  Send angels to lift him up in their hands, so that he will not suffer harm or injury.

Guide the searchers to the location where Robbie is right now, Lord.  Be with his family.  Give them a peace, a shalom, that only you can give.

In your Holy Name we pray,

Click here for more information on the search for Robbie.

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