Sometimes, the most random things we read and shrug off tend to return to us later, more real than before, as if an unseen cloak had been shed. It is then that we realise that it had come earlier to warn, to alert to what was ahead.
Amidst the wild~yellow weeks when the kingfisher called out in desperation as it raced around my home, I saw the words,
Over and over and over.
I knew immediately what it meant.
Hasten to safety.
Return to family.
Shed the world and its claws. Turn the heart towards the family. Be alert to them and their needs.
But to know is one thing; to really step back from the world is another. The duties of work these past weeks have been unbelievable, taking almost everything in me. No matter how loudly the blue king pleaded, I could not tear myself away from work. Every time he sounded his warning notes, my heart would look up and I would will him to understand that I couldn’t. I just couldn’t.
This week, one morning, my blue avian prophet fell silent. It was then that the storm hit. A single lightning bolt. I was out in the plains, in the open field of professional work. There was nowhere to shelter. Had I heeded the saint behind the king, St. Francis of Assisi, I might have been beyond the reach of the worst of that hit. But I hadn’t and so, I wasn’t.
On the 16th of July, we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. This year that day, I read a prayer that asked for Her mantle of protection. I’ve read those same words many times before. But this time, they glowed differently. And so, I prayed it with a caution I lacked before. I asked Mother to wrap Her mantle around my family and I.
Then, I took up my tools and left for the fields.
Short weeks later, this hit.
However, this time, I tottered but did not fall. I would have had it not been for the Mantle that held me safe in its securing confines. Careless as I have been in my devotions these past weeks, my heavenly Mother kept Her Mother’s-promise to me. She protected me from a worse wounding.
The hurt has driven me right into where I should have been – the refuge the blue king has urging me to hasten to.
Into the heart of family.
There are few who would understand this. You are one.
Our Blessed Mother came to me in sleep this morning with loving words in the midst of my darkness.
“I will intercede and protect you from the attacks on your soul. You are not able to protect yourself. Enter the mantle of my love”.
Gentle, not scolding…she grabs my hand and pulls me out of the world’s battles which have been raging. I have no choice but to take my mother’s hand and seek the safety she offers.
Protect us when we are blind and weak, Dear Mother.
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I wept reading this. Thank you for sharing, God’s Child.
Mother of God, protect each one of us.