Reformation Lutheran Church A Congregation of the ELCA

Monday, March 2
Read Psalm 91

You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.” (vv 1-2)


A shelter is “something that covers or affords protection,” according to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary. This definition fits perfectly with the shelter that can only come from Almighty God. For the first 18 years of my life, I lived in the same city, in the same house. I went to the same church. I did not fully understand the shelter that comes only from God until I moved out on my own.

Since that time, I have lived in five different homes in two different states and two different countries. I have been a member of four different church congregations and visited a dozen more in search of a place to call home. Through all of my moves and worldwide travels, I can honestly say that God is my refuge and fortress, my primary shelter.

The shelter that comes from a relationship with God is something you don’t have to move out of or sell; it doesn’t get packed in a box or loaded in the trunk of your car. The shelter referenced in Psalm 91 is an enduring shelter, one that provides comfort and strength not only in joyous times, but also during the difficult struggles we all face.

My recent move to Japan has proved to be one of the most difficult. Less than a year after closing on the purchase of our first house, my husband and I learned that we were being moved to Misawa, Japan. We needed to leave our most recent shelter behind. We placed our possessions in storage, sold our vehicles and listed our new home for rent.

Thankfully, the most important shelter was something that could not be left behind: our faith in God. As we boarded a plane with our children and many pieces of luggage, we knew we were not making this journey alone.

Our faith in Jesus Christ is not confined to one location but is something we can take with us wherever we go. This faith traveled with us to Japan and continues to provide us refuge and strength every day.

Sara Muse Chesser

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