Cities of Refuge… Places of Safety.

Musing… Deuteronomy

‘For instance, a man may go into the forest with his neighbour to cut wood and as he swings his axe to fell a tree the head may fly off and hit his neighbour and kill him. That man may flee to one of these cities and save his life.’ (19:5)

‘Cities of Refuge’ were set up as Place of Safety, protecting innocent people… in this case from unjust revenge.

Yesterday’s news… Russia invading Ukraine. Folks in Ukraine need Cities of Refuge, Places of Safety where innocent people can be protected…

Storm Eunice badly damaged the lion enclosure at ‘Africa Alive’, our local Wildlife Park. Yesterday we learnt that our lions have been taken temporarily to a zoo in Bedfordshire – a Place of Safety – for lions and the public!

Musing… The Place of Safety involves both physical mental safety…

Yesterday national Covid restrictions were eased. Some folks need Places of Safety… where they won’t catch the virus and where they feel less fearful and vulnerable…

We were discussing ‘Safeguarding’ at the Seagull Theatre… recognising, identifying and responding to signs of abuse and neglect… creating a Place of Safety for children, young people and vulnerable adults… feeling safe and being safe.

Musing… Two people from yesterday:

Nick’s going through a messy divorce. He has a responsible well-paid job… He’s considering giving it up because he wants to provide a Place of Safety for his daughter.

Alison has recently been diagnosed with cancer. It’s been identified early; surgery is planned; the prognosis is good. Alison and her family need a Place of Safety… mental peace and reassurance that all will be well…

Musing… Jesus: ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me , for I am gentle and humble in heart and  you will find rest for your souls.’

I think Jesus was talking about him providing, and us finding, a Place of Safety.

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