By Chaplain Dan Barton
He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall find protection; His faithfulness shall be your shield and wall. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day; nor of the pestilence that pursues in darkness, nor of the destruction that strikes at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling, there shall be no evil befall you, neither shall any plague come near your tent;
– Psalm 91:4-10
There it was again, that undeniable sound of footsteps coming down the hallway. I knew what was happening next, the delicate sound of the latch opening my bedroom door. At the age of seven I was once more relating to a nightly routine that took place between my father and me from the time I was about three. My parents always made sure I was tucked in every night before they went to bed but something always happened, in the middle of the night. Without waking or knowing what I was doing it I would turn and thrash around until my blanket, sheets and all covers would come off and I would wake up cold and uncovered. I have no recollection of how or when it started but my father and I would then embark on our multi-year nightly routine. After I would kickoff my covers, I would always say the same four words,” come cover me up”, dad would come to my rescue and all was well in the world.
I have often thought about my dad’s undeniable commitment concerning his family. Over the years, my sister and I would both get into scrapes and we knew our dad would always come cover for us. It doesn’t take very long to learn in life that we all have strengths and we all have weaknesses. Our friends, will cover for our weaknesses and those who are really not our friends, will expose them. The Bible reminds us in Psalm chapter 91 that God is our heavenly father and he will walk with us through life’s most difficult scenarios and he will cover us and he will protect us.
I don’t believe the Scripture is God’s way of giving us a blank check that will keep us from any difficulty. I do believe that the Scripture is saying, for all those who believe him and follow him he will provide protection and comfort.
This Covid-19 virus is very challenging to each of us and the families and patients we serve. Let’s all look around us and see who needs to be covered with love and compassion. Maybe it is we ourselves, maybe it is a coworker, it might be a patient we serve or a member of their family. If we use our hands, our feet, and our ears, we just might be able to be of assistance to someone who is softly calling: “come cover me up”