April/May 2016 - Vol. 85
walking in the shadow of the
In the Shadow of the Almighty
- an interview with Dave Hughes
in the recent aftermath of a Terrorist Attack in Brussels
The following audio clip is an interview with Dave Hughes, President of the Association of Ecumenical Communities in the Sword of the Spirit. The interview was conducted by Spirit Radio presenter Steve Johnson along with Dominic Perrem as host presenter (both from Nazareth Community in Dublin) a day after the recent terrorist attack in Brussels, Belgium on March 26, 2016. [Used with courtesy of © Spirit Radio, Dublin, Ireland]
> Click here for mp3 audio clip of the radio interview (length 10 minutes)

An Interview Afterword
by Dave Hughes

It’s been a little over week since the interview and the tragic events in Brussels. My initial reactions as captured in the interview were centered on two things: a sense of the profound evil as we experienced the attacks first hand balanced by a sense of God’s sovereignty, protection and overall control of our lives. In the week that has passed, these two points continue to resonate and deepen within me: there is great evil abroad in the land yet the love of our God dwarfs and ultimately will conquer this evil. We need not fear.

Psalm 91 has taken on a very profound and intimate meaning for me:
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”
Seen from this perspective, the events we experienced can be seen as a very simple message from the Lord: you are mine, you are loved, go out and serve without fear for I am with you. This message is not simply for the Hughes family, it is for all of us.

Thank you.
Dave Hughes

> See other articles in Living Bulwark by Dave Hughes

Dave HughesDave Hughes is President of the Sword of the Spirit's Association of Ecumenical Communities and is the senior coordinator of Word of Life Community in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. Dave and his wife Jane have five children and a growing number of grandchildren. They are members of Knox Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor.

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