A friend of mine, Nicole, shared these thoughts this week. They are profoundly important for each of us to absorb and live each day:
Be still, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
Your worth does not depend on what you do. You are loved by God and your life is important because you are His child, made in His image. If you start your day with anxiety about all you have to do or what you’re going to be, remember this: He loves you not because of what you do, but because you are. The details of your life are important, but do not define your worth.
Be still and know that I Am God
Be still and know that I Am
Be still and know
|The Honeycombs, Oregon
If we believe God spoke our universe, our world, our selves into existence, then how do we listen to Him? Here is what Henri Nouwen says:
“The Word of God is not a word to apply in our daily lives at some later date; it is a word to heal us through and in, our listening here and now.
The questions therefore are: How does God come to me as I listen to the word? Where do I discern God’s healing hand touching me through his word? How are my sadness, my grief, my mourning being transformed at this very moment? Do I sense the fire of God’s love purifying my heart and giving me new life? These questions lead me to the sacrament of the word, the sacred place of God’s real presence.” Henri Nouwen
I took the Isaiah image of Mt Emily at sunrise on January 2. What an incredible way to begin the new year–reminded that even amidst the turmoil of the world which we mortals have created/modified, God’s glory reigns supreme; his justice and mercy are eternal!
My brother Greg is slowly recovering. The abscesses are gradually getting smaller and his coumadin/blood thinner level creeps toward a therapeutic level. Hopefully, he will be able to go to the hospital’s rehab center sometime next week.
In the weekly devotional Meg and I read, Reuben Job has an insightful comment about where God leads us on our life’s journey? “While we may not choose the place to go, we can choose to remain with the One who sends us and there find comfort, companionship, grace, peace and joy.” This week’s Scripture images reflect that theme.
“To walk with God is to be reassured of direction, guidance, and strength for our daily journey. What do we have to fear when we are in God’s presence and care? Nothing at all! This does not mean we will be spared discouragement, disease, or death itself. It does mean that we will never be alone. From fear to courage is the natural journey of all that walk with God” Reuben Job
“It seems that one of God’s favorite themes is ‘do not be afraid.’ God is not suggesting that we will not confront fearful realities in our lives. God is simply promising not to abandon us to fearful circumstance but to go with us through the dark night of fear, danger and uncertainty.” Norman Shawchuck
I leave again for Maine soon to help Greg and family in his recovery from a gall bladder surgery. Please pray for God’s strength and comfort in his life, and mine as well.