Under his wings: A God who gathers his brood
The gifts are opened, the grills have cooled, but EP author Elizabeth El Mostain is still pondering Father’s Day and shares these lovely thoughts on the nurturing side of God’s character…
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! (Matthew 23:37)
Our hen house is raised off the ground on legs about a foot high. The tiny chicks can descend the ladder in the morning, but we have to help them back inside at night (to the hen’s annoyance). This morning two chicks followed their mother outside but the third got left behind. We could hear its frantic ‘peeping’ as it ran around in despair. The chick felt lost and vulnerable without the felt presence of the mother hen, though she was actually nearby. As God’s children, our hearts can become frantic when we fail to take time to draw near to him. Calling to God in our distress is a sign that we ‘have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:15) We need to call on him frequently and ‘come under his wings’ to find protection and peace.
What others are saying about Survival Tips for Mums:
“I wish someone had given me this book when I was just embarking on the adventure of motherhood. It manages to be positive without being dewy-eyed. It is funny, warm, honest and Christ-centred and in addition is superbly practical about everything from the indignities of pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding to the annoyances of nits and everlasting laundry. And yet it is neither prescriptive nor preachy, just very readable and helpful.”
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