We often need to take shelter, even on a very simple level such as there being a sudden and unexpected downpour. If this happens in the city we can dash into a shop or café and wait for it to pass. In the country there may be trees to provide shelter – as long as there is no lightning – or we may have come prepared with umbrella or waterproofs.
However, the shelter may also be needed for the exact opposite, to protect us from the scorching sun and oppressive heat. Then there are the effects of snow and frost, as well as the force of fierce winds.
At some point in life we will thankfully seek shelter, if only for a very temporary period, and late in life we may even need the care and support of sheltered accommodation.
Perhaps we can help to provide ‘shelter’ (in whatever form) to those we know around us, not necessarily in material matters, but spiritually as well.