Each evening we regularly watch the weather forecast, letting it assist us in selecting the next day’s wardrobe and activities. I see storms blowing up from the west or cold fronts descending from the north. I read of strong winds moving in from the east or balmy weather reaching us from the deeper south. As I look at weather maps and hear the forecaster’s analysis, I think of all the forces that move over each of us every day, affecting our lives. Quarrels, petty betrayals, ill health, financial reversals, family divisions. We are so exposed, here on this human weather map! Please, Lord, have mercy on us all. May we see in you a refuge remote from surface patterns, deep, abiding, and eternal. Amen.