Monday, May 13, 2013


According to Wikipedia - aumbrella or parasol - also called a brolly - parapluie - rainshade - sunshade - gamp - bumbershoot - umbrolly - is a canopy designed to protect against rain or sunlight. The word parasol usually refers to an item designed to protect from the sun - umbrella refers to a device more suited to protect from rain. Often the difference is the material - some parasols are not waterproof  - therefore useless for rain. Umbrellas come in all sorts of sizes and colors - designed specifically for men - women - children. Typically most are black in color - with women's and children's - available in bright and fun colors and decorations. All are useful to help protect one from wind - rain - sun. As a protective device they are rated high on the scale of objects needed to help make the outdoors more bearable - especially in poor and bad weather. They are small and easily carried - ready in a moments notice to place into use. On long walks and excursions into strange places - they are very valuable walking aids. On occasion some even are usable as a walking stick or cane. 

In our spiritual lives we seek knowledge and comfort - God's presence - actively surrounding us as we walk throughout our lives. On that journey we encounter many different situations - some pleasant - some uncomfortable. Quite often as we walk our journeys - we find that we need protection as we are assaulted and attacked by evil spiritual forces. In seeking protection from those forces we turn to Jesus - as our umbrella of protection.  In Jesus we not only have  a friend - teacher - leader - but also a protector. When you find your life filled with confusion - stress - anxiety - ask Jesus and He will provide the protection you need to cope with all of life's issues.

Deacon Dale