God has not abandoned us in these difficult times.
The Bible tells us:
“Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.” says the Lord (Hebrews 13:5).
We really need to hold on to these promises of God for his people.
God intends us to hold onto these promises to sustain us when we are going through hardship.
Psalm 23 has been a psalm of great comfort for many over the centuries.
Here is the traditional version:
“1 The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.”
We are the Lord’s sheep, often feeling harassed and helpless.
Can you imagine a flock of sheep in open country, vulnerable, not knowing where to go or what to do?
That is like us.
But it is very comforting to look to the Lord as our Good Shepherd.
He knows us each by name, he calls us to himself, he guides and protects us and provides for our needs.
Jesus describes himself as our Good Shepherd in John 10:11-16. He knows us, protects us and lays down his life for us on the Cross to save us.
Let us listen to his voice now and always and trust in him – have faith not fear.
Some things to do:
* PRAY, telling God about your concerns and asking for his help.
Perhaps writing out your prayers will help you avoid distraction
* THANK God for the good things that are happening for you and others
* ASK for our prayers for you, your family and others (contact St. Edward’s through the “Leave a message here” link on the Home page)
Rev Geoff Milton