Every so often I lead my kids in singing the Tallis Canon as a bedtime prayer:All praise to Thee my God this night For all the blessings of the light! Keep me, oh keep me, King of Kings Beneath Thine own almighty wings. Amen.
The other night after singing, my youngest asked, “Does God have wings?” Ah . . . what a beautiful question. And I’m deeply thankful for Scripture’s answer (that I got to explain as we cuddled).Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. . . . He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. (Psalm 91:1, 4)
A bird, from a mighty eagle to a meek chickadee, will nestle its young under its wings — covering them from dangerous weather, hiding them from threatening predators, warming them in a shelter of love. This is the picture painted by the psalmist. God loves us like this. God’s wings of parental love enfold us always. We’re God’s kids . . . and God’s love for us provides us with a beautiful picture of how we, too, can love our own families.
Scripture portrays God as our Abba — a familiar and intimate term like “Daddy” rather than only the more formal “Father.” God isn’t an austere, distant, disciplinarian. God is the Parent whose love is warm, inviting, comforting, sacrificial, protective, trustworthy!
You are loved with this love.
And as you receive it, you’re enabled to spread open your own wings of love . . . to shelter and enfold those dearest to you.