- Vol. 85
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 ©
Radio, Dublin, Ireland]
> Click here for mp3
of the radio interview (length 10
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.
91 has taken on a very profound and intimate
meaning for me:
Whoever dwells in
the shelter of the Most High
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.
rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of
the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he
will save you
the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover
you with his feathers,
under his wings you will find refuge;
faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not
fear the terror of night,
arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the
pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may
fall at your side,
thousand at your right hand,
will not come near you.
8 You will only
observe with your eyes
the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say,
“The Lord is my refuge,”
make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will
disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will
command his angels concerning you
you in all your ways;
12 they will
lift you up in their hands,
you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will
tread on the lion and the cobra;
trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he
loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call
on me, and I will answer him;
be with him in trouble,
deliver him and honor him.
16 With long
life I will satisfy him
him my salvation.”
Dave Hughes is President of the Sword of
the Spirit's Association
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.