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Always with Us
By Lois Parker Edstrom
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Umbrellas have been around for a long time – over 4,000 years, and at first were used mainly in hot countries to shade people from the sun. Early umbrellas were made from wood and paper and some were made of feathers.
In ancient times large umbrellas were held over kings to protect them from the sun and these umbrellas were very fancy, made from silk with tassels around the edge and a flower at the top.
Later, umbrellas were oiled as a way to make them waterproof and people in colder countries used umbrellas to protect themselves from rain. And, much later, a collapsible umbrella, made with steel ribs, was invented and that is the umbrella we use today.
So, umbrellas are used to protect us from the sun, like the umbrellas we see on the beach, or they are used to protect us from rain. The thing about an umbrella is that you must think ahead and remember to take an umbrella with you or you may be surprised and get caught in a rainstorm.
Before Jesus went to heaven to be with God, he spoke with his disciples to comfort them and he said,“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you” (14:27). And, he also said,“Don’t let your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful” (14:27).
Jesus said these things so that we will not worry. We may fret about needing to carry an umbrella to protect us from the weather and we may worry about a lot of other things as well, but Jesus tells us that his Spirit will always be with us to give us peace of mind. We are not to worry or be afraid. Let not your hearts be troubled.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2007, 2008, Richard Niell Donovan