Most people in North America know that dialing 9-1-1 will get them in touch with emergency help.  These numbers are so simple that even preschoolers have been able to save the lives of family members by using it.

In one case, a woman's car had been hijacked with her and her infant child inside dispatcher listening, the young mother cleverly included clues about her location as she talked to the hijacker. Police were able to locate her and her baby and arrest the criminal.

In an emergency, help is as close as three pushes on the phone keypad. Often though, the situation we face cannot be remedied by human rescuers. Many times our crisis requires divine assistance. When that happens we can call a different kind of 9-1-1 - Psalm 91:1    "Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty." There we find the help and protection of our Almighty God.

This verse reminds us that God is our "shelter" and that we can rest in His shadow.When we face the crisis of life, we often try to survive on our own. We forget that what we need most, God's protection and the comfort of His presence, are available for the asking. The next time spiritual danger strikes, dial Psalm 91:1

The Song Writer wrote:
Under His wings I am safely abiding,Tho' the night deepens and tempests are wild,
Still I can trust, Him; I know He will keep me.He has redeemed me and I am His child.
Under His wings, what a refuge in sorrow.
How the heart yearningly turns to His rest.
Often when earth has no balm for my healing,There I find comfort and there I am blest.

Under His wings, oh, what precious enjoyment.
There will I hide 'til life's trials are o'er;Sheltered protected, no evil can harm me.
Resting in Jesus, I'm safe evermore.
Under His wings, under His wings,
Who from His love can sever?
Under His wings, under His wings, my soul shall abide,
Safely abide forever.

Thought for the week: We need not fear life's darkness when we abide under the shadow of God's wings.

In His Service,

David Dean
Chaplain/Volunteer Coordinator
"This is the day the Lord has made."