Oh, that I had Wings like a Dove
By: Denise L. Folks, Ph.D.
About the Book
David, the son of Jesse called out to the Lord for help from his enemies. The neglect and abuse he suffered from the man he had grown to love and respect, King Saul, caused him to run for his life; to seek a hiding place and to trust in the Lord more than ever.
In the book of Psalms 55:1-8, David cries out to the only one who could save him. Distraught, angry and fearful, he exclaims, “Oh that I had wings like a dove, I would fly away, and be at rest; truly, I would flee far away; I would lodge in the wilderness; I would hurry to find a shelter for myself from the raging wind and tempest.”
Like David, there are so many children crying out for help and refuge from adults in whom they trusted for direction, love, loyalty and security. But, their cries are camouflaged by hostility, bitterness and depression.
“Oh, that I had wings like a dove!” – Touching the life of a child, finds a resting place in the life of children that lends an attentive ear to their pain, a strong shoulder to bear the weight of discouragement, and an open heart of flesh to embrace their feeling of emptiness.
Dr. Folks asks the questions: Who can they run to? Where can they hide? What can ease their pain? When will the unjust suffering cease? How can they see God through a world that’s destined to keep them blinded to the truth? She uses poetry, quotes, and factual information to answer these questions and to shed light on the fact that adults must return to God in hopes of saving our children for a better today and tomorrow.
Dr. Folks is the founder of Positive Youth Expressions, Inc. Educational Institute in the state of Maryland where she facilitates formal and informal educational programs for children, youth and families. She also co-pastors the Greater Church of the Risen Savior in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband Bishop Victor M. Folks. Dr. Folks conducts conferences, seminars and workshops on topics dealing with children, youth and families.