”Tell my shepherds to be vigilant in days to come. I am gathering my flock and I need the shepherds to work with me in this. I need them to attend to their sheep and bring them back to me.”
Beloved, do not let the current situation dim your sight. Sharpen your spiritual sight and hearing. For I am about to lavish my love and healing on each and every sheep. I will not pass anyone. Every single lamb will be remembered. Shepherd, I want to do this together with you.”
Yes, the Sovereign Lord is coming in power.
He will rule with a powerful arm. See, he brings his reward with him as he comes. He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.” (Isaiah 40:10-11 NLT)
Here is a simple little diagram from the Contemplative Monk about worrying that puts our worry into perspective.
Remember Jesus in the sermon on the Mount, says, “DO NO WORRY”
I wonder if Jesus had a diagram like this in mind when he tells us not to worry, because he knows our nature, because he is aware of the things that can happen and because he can control the things that do happen, if we commit them to him. Don’t worry, but pray and leave things in God’s hands.
Here is a song by one of my favourite artists from the early 1970’s. The artist is Joan Baez. She was a big artist during the Woodstock festival. I have always had some of her music in my music collection, whether it be Vinyl, 8 Track tapes, 4 Track tapes or C.D.’s. The song she is singing is a song called “God is God”.
When Jesus taught us how to pray His words were, “Give us this day our DAILY bread”. Not give us enough for next week or next year, but just enough for today. Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen. Matthew 6 God is enough for us every single day; He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Next time you begin to feel concerned or worried about something that is out of your control, remember to ask God for your daily bread. He will take care of the rest.
Even if the most important person in your world rejects you, you are still real, and you are still okay. Do you ever find yourself thinking: How could anyone possibly love me? For many of us, this is a deeply ingrained belief that can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Thinking we are unlovable can sabotage our relationships with co-workers, friends, family members, and other loved ones. This belief can cause us to choose, or stay in, relationships that are less than we deserve because we don’t believe we deserve better. We may become desperate and cling as if a particular person was our last chance at love. We may become defensive and push people away. We may withdraw or constantly overreact.
While growing up, many of us did not receive the unconditional love we deserved. Many of us were abandoned or neglected by important people in our life. We may have concluded that the reason we weren’t loved was because we were unlovable. Blaming ourselves is an understandable reaction, but an inappropriate one. If others couldn’t love us, or love us in ways that worked, that’s not our fault. In recovery, we’re learning to separate ourselves from the behavior of others. And we’re learning to take responsibility for our healing, regardless of the people around us.
Just as we may have believed that we’re unlovable, we can become skilled at practicing the belief that we are lovable. This new belief will improve the quality of our relationships. It will improve our most important relationship: our relationship with ourselves. We will be able to let others love us and become open to the love and friendship we deserve.
Today, God, please help me be aware of and release any self-defeating beliefs I have about being unlovable. Help me begin, today, to tell myself that I am lovable. Help me practice this belief until it gets into my core and manifests itself in my relationships. I ask this through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.
Here is a lovely version of the old and trusted hymn, “It is well with my soul”. It is sung by the Gracias Choir with four people singing the solo parts. My prayer is that it may be well with your soul.