The eternal God is your dwelling place,
and underneath are the everlasting arms.
(Deuteronomy 33:27 Revised Standard Version
The longer I live, the more I need a safe dwelling place like the one described in this passage from Deuteronomy. Whether we like it or not, aging and illness bring various vulnerabilities. There are days when I feel weak, experiencing the pain of fibromyalgia. There are days of melancholy when I review ” all that could have been” in my life. There are days of loneliness when I miss the laughter of my grandchildren who live far away. There are days when I worry about my kidney disease and wonder how I will fare if I have a transplant.
There are days when I miss my career and wish I was still engaged in my life’s work of helping abused women and children. There are days when I simply feel discarded and useless.
But more than all of that, there are times when I feel literally held by a loving God, times when I am completely sure that underneath me are the everlasting arms. It is a true gift. It is a miracle to live in the throes of aging and illness, yet to fully know that God is your dwelling place. And so you rest in God’s everlasting arms.
Thanks be to God.
O God, whose arms are ever underneath my life, hold me safely. Let me be assured of your tender mercies that never fail. Let me know your grace as well as I know my own afflictions. Let me rest myself in your dwelling place, knowing that underneath me are the everlasting arms. To God, who is my very hope, I pray. Amen
Please enjoy listening to the beloved hymn, “Leaning On the Everlasting Arms” on YouTube: