“For, over all, the glory of the Lord
will be a canopy and a tent
to give shade by day from the heat,
refuge and shelter from the storm and the rain.
“I will come myself and cure him’ said Jesus.
The centurion replied,
‘Sir, I am not worthy to have you under my roof;
It was only in pondering today’s scriptures that I realised that I have always thought of a saint’s halo as an award (or a reward) given by God to his favourites.
Today my thinking has shifted.
My new appreciation is that the halo or a divine aura is the cloak (the armour of light in other scripture passages) that I choose to wear and which I am free to don whenever I choose.
I put on this aura, this halo, this garment of salvation, whenever I appreciate that God is my refuge and shelter from the storms and rains of life.
This divine dressing is not a lengthy process needing skilled tailors and holy-wardrobe assistants. Instead I live in the “glory of the Lord,” whenever I opt to live under the canopy of God, in the tent of the divine. Or as we learn today it’s not that I have to live under God’s roof – but rather that Jesus is eager to be invited to dwell under my roof.
We take time each morning to decide what clothes we are going to wear and to ready ourselves for the tasks of the day. We’re of course aware of the ridicule we would be open to and even the battering we might get (from weather and people) if we spent the day naked in public. But we probably give little thought to dressing our souls in appropriate and necessary safe-guarding attire.
Every waking hour brings encounters and experiences that weigh heavily on us, and without protection we are vulnerable to the words and actions of others, open to attack in the unhealthy and even toxic environments of conversations and pastimes.
This morning I am going to add the canopy of God to my attire, enveloping me in the safety his aura, crowned with the halo he gives.
And when I dress myself in this way I am able to live every moment in the confidence knowing that I have nothing to fear.