Friday, April 22, 2011

S is for Shelter

Have you ever had to run for shelter? Perhaps you were playing outdoors as a child and a storm came up. Or you were enjoying a day at the beach when lightening struck. Maybe it was hail that fell or wind that sent you scurrying for shelter.

Perhaps you headed back to your house or into your tent when it happened. Perhaps the only shelter nearby was a tree or a cave or rock. Maybe someone was kind enough to take you in until it was safe to venture out again.

But what if you needed shelter from violence or protection from abuse? And what about victims of war? Where do people turn for shelter after a hurricane, an earthquake or a flood?

Who will shelter the homeless? The hungry? The grieving? The frightened, the forgotten, the lost?

Who will shelter you?

Ills are many, blessings few,
But dreams tonight will shelter you.”
--Herman Melville--


  1. What a thought-provoking post. It makes me feel bad for all those who do not have shelter.

  2. Thanks, Karen--we all need shelter from something.