"Walking in the way and the love of the Lord"
“IN QUIETNESS AND CONFIDENCE SHALL BE YOUR STRENGTH.”
Come to me. Sit with me. Sit in the quiet with me. Rest. Pray. We hear these words in our hearts. We read them in scripture. And still we find it hard to sit quietly with the Lord.
We try but our minds wander......problems to solve, solutions to find, thoughts scattered and wild with worry. I know, I've been there. And I will say to you as I say to myself, STOP. Stop trying to come up with solutions. Stop trying to figure things out. Imagine all of your prayers being in one book and Our Lord is taking care of each one of your concerns. Then we begin to worry and and our trust goes out the window. In that moment we are erasing our prayers from the pages of our personal prayer book, basically telling our Lord that we can handle it, which we can't and that is why we are praying in the first place. And on and on and on.....
Why would we ever want to erase our beautiful heartfelt prayers from God's thoughts for us. He loves watching over us, “the Lord watches over you...the Lord is your shade at your right hand.” Psalm 121:5
Our Lord is ready to shower us with gifts and graces. All we have to do is pray and ask. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.' Matthew 7:7
The answer might not come immediately but in that waiting and praying, God's grace will surprise you. And you will know this scripture to be true. “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8
Take the Lord's hand, give Him back your book of prayers and never stop praying....never! “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Know you are not alone and feel the Love and the strength of Our Lord.
By: Mary Maddox
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you… —John 14:27
There are times in our lives when our peace is based simply on our own ignorance. But when we are awakened to the realities of life, true inner peace is impossible unless it is received from Jesus. When our Lord speaks peace, He creates peace, because the words that He speaks are always “spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). Have I ever received what Jesus speaks? “…My peace I give to you…”— a peace that comes from looking into His face and fully understanding and receiving His quiet contentment.
Are you severely troubled right now? Are you afraid and confused by the waves and the turbulence God sovereignly allows to enter your life? Have you left no stone of your faith unturned, yet still not found any well of peace, joy, or comfort? Does your life seem completely barren to you? Then look up and receive the quiet contentment of the Lord Jesus. Reflecting His peace is proof that you are right with God, because you are exhibiting the freedom to turn your mind to Him. If you are not right with God, you can never turn your mind anywhere but on yourself. Allowing anything to hide the face of Jesus Christ from you either causes you to become troubled or gives you a false sense of security.
With regard to the problem that is pressing in on you right now, are you “looking unto Jesus” (Hebrews 12:2) and receiving peace from Him? If so, He will be a gracious blessing of peace exhibited in and through you. But if you only try to worry your way out of the problem, you destroy His effectiveness in you, and you deserve whatever you get. We become troubled because we have not been taking Him into account. When a person confers with Jesus Christ, the confusion stops, because there is no confusion in Him. Lay everything out before Him, and when you are faced with difficulty, bereavement, and sorrow, listen to Him say, “Let not your heart be troubled…” (John 14:27)
A friend emailed this out to our prayer group, it is perfectly said. I had to share.
BE ENCOURAGED The LORD himself goes before you!
Fear sometimes keeps us from doing what we ought to do. I hope these verses will give you some food to chew on and thoughts to dwell upon today and to keep them in your heart. As Christians, we need to be bold in proclaiming the kingdom of God, and we need to be prepared for those times, when we will not be welcomed with open arms with God's message. This morning a lady came to me asking for prayer because she feels she's being persecuted by some, and I gave her the scripture
"The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged,"
and also I gave her the prayer from today's One Bread One Body; Prayer: Lord, may I let You fight my battles, even if I seem to be a casualty. I really love this scripture from Duet 31:8, because me being visual, I can see the Lord walking ahead and making everything to kneel or bow down because the anointed (us) are coming to spread his message. Can you see it?
"The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged,"
The Lord's will be done in our lives!
1 John 4:18a - There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear
So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
So what are you afraid of? What is keeping you from reaching your full God given potential? What is keeping you from accomplishing the task God has given you? Let us cast down every fear and all the other weights that beset us. Let us keep our eyes on the prize and let us run the race with boldness and courage knowing that God is on our side.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, Your perfect love is casting out fear And even when I'm caught in the middle of the storms of this life I won't turn back, I know you are near.
I will fear no evil
Thank you Linda for sharing!!
The word reminds me that sometimes, God just wants us to be still and have faith In Him.
When there’s a problem, or if there is something we want to do, we usually do not rest until the problem is resolved or we have completed what we want to do. Even if we cannot solve it, we do the best we can and do something about the situation. We want things solved at once, and we do what we can do achieve it. However, in today’s reading, we see that sometimes God wants us to be still.
They say that silent waters run deep. In the faith aspect, I believe that a silent and still heart, especially in times of trouble, is a sign of deep and great faith in God.
When the Israelites were being chased by the soldiers, they felt they would die already. However, as we say, if God brings you to it, he will bring you through it. God called the people out of the slavery in Egypt, and even if they felt they were hopeless and powerless against the soldiers and chariots, God is more powerful. No power in this world can stop God’s plans for our lives. God divided the sea and allowed the people to pass. Impossible situations give God the opportunity to do great miracles.
The LORD himself will fight for you; you have only to keep still.
There are a lot of times we feel helpless. We already did everything we could, but situations do not seem to improve. It sometimes seem hopeless. However, we should take comfort in today’s word, in today’s promise. God is loving, faithful and powerful. We just need to have faith in Him, and allow him to fight for us.
May we be comforted and inspired to still do the best that we could, but ultimately leave the rest up to God, having full faith in his plans, his power and his love.
Thank you for today. Thank you for another day to live. thank you for another week. Thank you for all the blessings. Thank you for the reminders. Lord, I am sorry for the times I lose faith in you. sorry for doubting you. sorry for the times I panic and think that everything is up to me. Help me build and strengthen my faith in you. help me trust in you, especially during seemingly hopeless situations. I just lift up everything to you. I know that as I do my best to live right and live for you, you will continue to bless and protect me. amen.
By: Msgr. Charles Pope
September 18, 2013
Impatience is a human problem, but we moderns must surely suffer from it more acutely. This is because many of our modern conveniences create the illusion, and to some extent the reality, of instant results. Flip a switch and the lights come on. Instant downloads supply our computers with music, games, software, and almost instant information.
Any delay in this process almost certainly infuriates us. The journey from east to the west coast used to take many months in a wagon train. And now it is accomplished in four to five hours. Despite this marvel, even a 20 minute flight delay infuriates us.
I remember as a child that we would be enticed to buy a certain product, say cereal, by being able to cut off the box tops. And, having saved four of them, I could mail them in to the address, to get a certain die cast or plastic toy, or other promotional product offered by the cereal company. Instructions always said, “Allow 3 to 4 weeks for delivery.” This is almost unthinkable today. What child would spend months eating cereal, clipping boxtops, and then wait 3 to 4 weeks for delivery?!
Yes, patience is a human problem, but it has a certain modern intensity about it. Expectations are premeditated resentments, and we have a lot of expectations about instant results. Thus resentments are always near at hand.
In the spiritual life especially and in personal growth we must learn to slow down to a more human pace, and also the pace of God. To many of us moderns, God is infuriatingly patient and slow. He, and the Church seem to think in terms of centuries, not a 24 hour news cycle.
And He leaves many things unresolved for quite a long time. Where was he when Hitler and Stalin and Mao and any number of unjust rulers were plying their wares? Why does he not thunder from heaven more often, as we sometimes read in the Old Testament?! Why does He not send jagged lightning bolts to destroy sinners from the face of the earth? (are you so sure you would escape?) And when will the Church he founded “get with the program” and start denouncing and excommunicating those who sinfully dissent?
Of course, while there is a place for discipline, even excommunication, the Lord warned of acting too hastily in the parable of the weeds and the wheat. The impatient field hand zealously wanted to rip out all the weeds, but the owner warned that the wheat might be harmed as well.
Many of us may well wonder what harm could come from wiping out a few sinners from the face of the Earth or expelling a few more heretics. The Lord does not explain why, but simply warns that hasty and severe actions may cause harm even to the wheat.
Yes, we are an impatient lot, no only with others, but also with ourselves. Why, we wonder can we not simply overcome certain sins by sheer force of will? Why are we not instantly more chaste, more generous, more kind, more zealous, simply by deciding to be so!? Why do prayers of deliverance and exorcism not have instant effects? Why does confession not solve sin at once by its grace?
In an instant result society, discouragement is right at hand. And even when we do make progress, suddenly setbacks are at hand. “I was doing so well!” We think.
Most confessors know by experience that perseverance is good and holy, but impatience is devilish. It is especially devilish because it tries to masquerade as piety, saying “You ought to be a saint by now!” But it is really pride. Yes it is pride to think you can go from 0 to 100 and skip all the steps the rest of us poor slobs need to make. Who am I to think I can simply lay hold of holiness by a few decisions? Holiness is far higher than I imagine in my reductive insistence that I ought to be able to lay hold of it in a moment. No, this is a journey, a journey with setbacks, and progress in fits and starts. Frankly even a lifetime may not be enough and purgatory is a likely pit stop for most of us after death.
Why so slow? Because grace builds on nature. And it is our nature to change slowly, almost imperceptibly. When I was an infant I looked nothing like I do today. Frankly my mother was grateful that I did not come forth from the womb at six feet tall and 200 lbs. No, I came forth at six pounds, sickly and dying. I was baptized immediately since I was not expected to survive. But having recovered, I have progressed today to what and who I am. But at no point could my growth be perceived. It was slow, steady, and also marked by setbacks, injury, and also growth spurts.
If this is the case with our bodies, it is also with our soul, which is the form of our body. I have made remarkable spiritual progress in the last thirty years of my life. But day by day, I noticed little change. Yet, by the grace of God I am what I am.
Sudden a rapid growth seldom lasts an is usually called cancer, a deadly disease. Healthy growth is organic, steady, slow, and almost imperceptible.
Impatience is a form of pride and it is not in wisdom that we indulge it. Scripture says,
Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. See, the rash have no integrity; but the just one who is righteous because of faith shall live. (Habakkuk 2:2-4).
Finally some words of reminder and comfort. I am not going to say who wrote these words because I have sometimes discovered that we care more who said something, than what is said. You can Google a phrase and find easily enough who wrote this. But for now let the words themselves have the necessary impact. I have little doubt these words will bless you as they have often blessed me.
Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability,
and that it may take a very long time.
And so I think it is with you;
your ideas mature gradually—let them grow,
let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them,
as though you could be today what time
(that is to say, grace and circumstances
acting on your own good will)
will make of you tomorrow.
Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.
This link will take you to a funny video on our impatience! On Gloria.tv
"Do not be afraid. Go on speaking and do not be silenced." --Acts 18:9
On the first Christian Pentecost, the Holy Spirit dealt in a magnificent way with tongues. First, the Spirit appeared in the form of "tongues as of fire" (Acts 2:3). The apostles yielded their formerly silent tongues to speak in both native and foreign languages, proclaiming the prophetic Word of God (Acts 2:4ff). Their hearers used their tongues to repent and ask how to be saved (Acts 2:37).
Once the Spirit has your tongue, the battle begins. Satan accuses you of being foolish (Acts 2:13) and attacks any fears you may have. The world attempts to intimidate and silence you. This is what the apostles experienced once the Spirit took over their tongues. Nevertheless, the apostles yielded to the inspiration of the Spirit, not to the attacks of Satan and the world.
When we yield our tongues to the Spirit, the pressure to stifle the Holy Spirit and hold our tongues is so fierce that the Lord personally assures us: "Do not be afraid. Go on speaking, and do not be silenced, for I am with you" (Acts 18:9).
Today is the first day of the Pentecost Novena, nine days of prayer to prepare to receive the Holy Spirit in fullness at Pentecost. Give the Lord your mind, heart, soul, and tongue. Ask the Lord to teach you "what to say and how to speak" (Jn 12:49). Allow the Holy Spirit to control your speech in both your native tongue and in the spiritual gift of tongues.
Prayer: Father, I ask You in Jesus' name to prepare my heart to be a worthy dwelling place for the Holy Spirit.
Promise: "I give you My assurance, whatever you ask the Father, He will give you in My name." --Jn 16:23
Praise: St. Isidore and his wife were united in Holy Matrimony. They accepted their sacramental graces in full and are now both canonized saints.
By: Carolyn M. Berghuis, MS, ND, CTN, April 8, 2015.
How often do we experience miracles in our lives? The birth of a child, the bliss of romantic love, the gift of friendship, the healing of an “incurable” disease – not to mention the miracle of transubstantiation. What if we, like the crippled man in today’s first reading, went to our church jumping and praising God after experiencing a miracle? Would it make a difference in the world today?
God loves it when we praise him and today’s scripture readings are rich with this very notion. Of course God does not need our praise, rather, he loves it when we praise him because of what it does for us, his beloved children. When we praise him our whole being; body, mind and heart begins to more closely resemble God. Today’s Psalms (105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9) beautifully reveal to us how to praise God: give him thanks, call on his name, proclaim his deeds to all the people, sing to him, make music for him, recount all his wonders – the list goes on! So beautiful – and all easily found in scripture.
Remember the crippled man in today’s first reading (Acts 3:1-10), who after receiving healing at the hands of Peter and John, was compelled to go to the temple with the disciples. No doubt studying sacred scripture would be part of this visit. Along the way he was jumping and praising God in such a heightened manner that “everyone” could see him. That’s right, he was so filled with joy that “everyone” took notice! We read that those who witnessed his jubilant behavior were astonished and perplexed. What if we, after experiencing a miracle, expressed such magnificent jubilee? What effect could we have on our little corner of the world? Would others around us be astonished and perplexed? Would our joy be the light that God uses for someone to turn to him? Could we become the magnet God uses to draw his lost sheep more closely to himself?
I invite you to think for a moment about those individuals in your life who are authentically joy filled, who find joy in praising God. You know, those folks who walk with a spring in their step and a smile on their face even in hard times. Do they attract others to themselves? Do they radiate an internal joy that others are drawn to? Do others want to be like them? Do you find yourself feeling better in their presence? Do you want to be more joy filled like them? I know silly questions – of course the answer is yes. You too can be the joyful person and praising God for the miracles in your life is a good place to start. Just imagine what the world look like if all God’s children praised him like the crippled man after experiencing his infinite miracles in our lives.
In today’s Gospel (Luke 24:13-35) we further witness the great power that awaits us if we but only submerse ourselves in scripture. The two disciples of Christ, on their walk to Emmaus, unknowingly encountered Jesus on the day he rose from the dead. Jesus, explaining to the two men the prophecies of the Old Testament showed them how his resurrection had already been foretold. Yes, again, turn to scripture – it’s all there. The secrets we seek that will lead to eternal joy and happiness have already been gifted to us from our most loving Father and we can find this in our Bible. Just as the hearts of these disciples burned within as Jesus explained scripture, our hearts can burn as well if we allow Jesus, who lives within us, to reveal sacred scripture to us. As Jesus finally revealed himself to these two men when he took the bread and blessed it, he too desires to reveal himself to us and open our eyes and heart in the Eucharist and in sacred scripture.
Here is an area I love being Catholic! All of us, like the disciples on the walk to Emmaus, have a heart that will burn within as it more fully understands scripture. As Catholics we enjoy a rich faith full of individuals who have devoted years and decades of their life to understanding sacred scripture. From the writings of the great saints, to our modern day religious (who by the way spend decades learning the faith), to our lay educators we have a plethora of devotees of the faith we can trust and turn to for direction and guidance.
As many a Catholic can attest, once we embark upon the journey of uniting ourselves more fully with Father God by studying scripture our hearts will burn, our joy will expand and we will find ourselves walking around with a spring in our step while praises to God rolls off our lips.
Jesus – I love you!
Catholic Daily Mass Reflections
Suffering creates glory. Yet so often we are unhappy in our suffering. Not a glimmer of God’s love, comfort and glory penetrates our hearts. But our heavenly Father, who is love, knows what will comfort us. He urges us not to bear our cross like a slave who is forced to, but out of love for Jesus. When we bear it trusting in the Father’s love and committed to His will, then our cross will begin to shine. We will become happy and we, too, will shine in His love.
From Father of Comfort by Basilea Schlink
2 Corinthians 4:17
This bible verse says it all!! May we turn to scripture to hear the words of comfort and guidance. This scripture helped me as I was going through a difficult time. I would read this scripture daily, I even had it posted on my desk at work. As I would read this every day even two or three times a day, I would feel the peace of Our Lord around me. I would know that Our Lord had me and my situation and I would be okay. Was it easy to read and believe? Yes it was easy to read and believe. Was it easy to read and trust? Yes it was easy to read and trust. Did it make me not worry about my situation? No, the human in me made me worry, the human in me made me scared. My faith in me gave me peace, my faith in me gave me comfort. This faith is what I held onto. Each day got easier, each day became more peaceful. I couldn't have done it without Our Lord and hearing his word in scripture. I couldn't have done it without trusting and knowing that Our Lord is taking care of me. I couldn't have done it without prayer time and quiet time with the Lord. Our Lord was my best friend. He listened to me, He comforted me, He guided me and He gave me words to counsel me. Our Lord is there for each of us, He is there to listen, He is there to comfort, He is there to guide and He is there to counsel.
Turn to Him
Trust in Him.
He Loves You!!!
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"Joseph her husband, an upright man unwilling to expose her to the law, decided to divorce her quietly." —Matthew 1:19
Joseph planned to divorce Mary and, therefore, Jesus. This Christmas, we also may be tempted to divorce Jesus indirectly, and thereby miss out on Christmas. Throughout history, there have been more innkeepers and Herods at Christmas than wise men and shepherds. Even now, few are at the side of Jesus in the manger. Most of the world continues to ignore the Christ of Christmas.
Joseph would have rejected Jesus if he had not made a super act of faith and accepted Mary as his wife under overwhelming circumstances. Often for us, the key to Christmas is to have the faith, like Joseph, to accept a spouse, parent, child, brother, or sister in the Lord under difficult circumstances. The Lord commands us: "Accept one another, then, as Christ accepted you, for the glory of God" (Rm 15:7).
To meet Jesus this Christmas, accept:
To meet Christ this Christmas, be like Christ Who has always kept His promise: "No one who comes will I ever reject" (Jn 6:37).
Prayer: Father, thank You for accepting and convicting me by the Spirit (Jn 16:8).
Promise: "In His days Judah shall be saved, Israel shall dwell in security." —Jer 23:6
Praise: "O sacred Lord of ancient Israel, Who showed Yourself to Moses in the burning bush, Who gave him the holy law on Sinai mountain: come, stretch out Your mighty hand to set us free."
Meditation: Matthew 7:21, 24-27
Saint John Damascene, Priest and Doctor of the Church
It did not collapse. (Matthew 7:25)
A family finds their house in danger of flooding because of local landscaping changes. To make things worse, they live in Ireland, where the most beautiful day can become a torrential downpour in the blink of an eye. Although they cannot control the weather, they learn that they can still be prepared. They buy sandbags, learn the early warning signs, and enlist help from friends. And so, even in the wettest weather, their house escapes devastation.
Today’s parable, which Jesus used to conclude his Sermon on the Mount, depicts two men who experience identical storms—but only one of them is ready for it. You see, Jesus knew there was no way for people to avoid crises. Hard times are bound to come, no matter how hard you try to avoid them. But that’s okay, because by putting into practice Jesus’ words in this sermon, we can learn how to survive every natural and spiritual storm. If his teaching forms the foundation of our lives, we won’t collapse at the first sign of trouble.
Sometimes you will receive a metaphorical slap on the cheek—snide criticism or unfair treatment perhaps. If you remember Jesus’ words about turning the other cheek, then instead of slapping back, you’ll remember God’s forgiving heart, and you’ll find the grace to react with peace instead of aggression and anger (Matthew 5:39).
Maybe the looming storm is the feeling that you may miss out on something you think you need or deserve. Rather than collapsing in anxiety, let your foundation be the promise that your heavenly Father will clothe and feed you in every way you need (Matthew 6:25-34).
Jesus promises that if you ask, you will receive (Matthew 7:7). If you keep this in the forefront of your mind, the first thing you will remember in any challenging circumstance will be how generous God is. Instead of trying to get through on your own strength, you will remember to ask the Lord for grace to overcome a temptation, for resources to perform a task, or for the energy you need to serve joyfully.
Isn’t Jesus marvelous? Not only does he teach us the right way to live; he also promises to support us in every storm of life!
“Lord, help me build on the solid foundation of your words.”
Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27
By: Blessed Mother Teresa
Suffering has to come because if you look at the cross, he has got his head bending down—he wants to kiss you—and he has both hands open wide—he wants to embrace you. He has his heart opened wide to receive you. Then when you feel miserable inside, look at the cross and you will know what is happening. Suffering, pain, sorrow, humiliation, feelings of loneliness, are nothing but the kiss of Jesus, a sign that you have come so close that he can kiss you. Do you understand, brothers, sisters, or whoever you may be? Suffering, pain, humiliation—this is the kiss of Jesus. At times you come so close to Jesus on the cross that he can kiss you. I once told this to a lady who was suffering very much. She answered, “Tell Jesus not to kiss me—to stop kissing me.” That suffering has to come that came in the life of Our Lady, that came in the life of Jesus—it has to come in our life also. Only never put on a long face. Suffering is gift from God. It is between you and Jesus alone inside….
My Utmost for His Highest
Daily devotionals by Oswald Chambers
. . . I am with you to deliver you,’ says the Lord --Jeremiah 1:8
God promised Jeremiah that He would deliver him personally— “. . . your life shall be as a prize to you . . .” (Jeremiah 39:18). That is all God promises His children. Wherever God sends us, He will guard our lives. Our personal property and possessions are to be a matter of indifference to us, and our hold on these things should be very loose. If this is not the case, we will have panic, heartache, and distress. Having the proper outlook is evidence of the deeply rooted belief in the overshadowing of God’s personal deliverance.
The Sermon on the Mount indicates that when we are on a mission for Jesus Christ, there is no time to stand up for ourselves. Jesus says, in effect, “Don’t worry about whether or not you are being treated justly.” Looking for justice is actually a sign that we have been diverted from our devotion to Him. Never look for justice in this world, but never cease to give it. If we look for justice, we will only begin to complain and to indulge ourselves in the discontent of self-pity, as if to say, “Why should I be treated like this?” If we are devoted to Jesus Christ, we have nothing to do with what we encounter, whether it is just or unjust. In essence, Jesus says, “Continue steadily on with what I have told you to do, and I will guard your life. If you try to guard it yourself, you remove yourself from My deliverance.” Even the most devout among us become atheistic in this regard— we do not believe Him. We put our common sense on the throne and then attach God’s name to it. We do lean to our own understanding, instead of trusting God with all our hearts (see Proverbs 3:5-6).
“Do not be afraid.” We have read these words in the bible many times. We sing it in our songs. We hear our family and friends tell us not to worry. But we go on our fearful way, thinking our worry will solve the problem and then our fears will be gone with the wind.
We know in our hearts that Jesus is taking care of us. But why can't we get our thoughts to go along with our hearts? Why should that be hard? And the answer is in our humanity. Our weakness. We are tempted away from God and fall so easily into being lost in our questions. So we spend our time worrying, wasting our time and days. Worrying doesn't help anything, it just takes us away from Jesus. Worrying takes us out of the presence of God in the now and leads us nowhere.
I want you to remember something. Jesus is holding your hand. Just like Isaiah 41:13 says, 'I am holding you by your right hand – I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, do not be afraid. I am here to help you.'
Those are the words we need to live by. God is with us at all times, holding our hand. When we are worrying, we are letting go of Jesus' hand and saying, “Hold on Jesus. I am going to sit here alone for awhile. I need to figure this out.” Why would we want to make the choice to let go of Jesus' hand? Why would we want to tell Jesus to hang on a minute, while we worry about something we cannot change at that moment. Why would we let go of the loving hand of Jesus.
He has a wonderful plan for us. Part of that plan is allowing our Father to take care of us, allowing Him to hold us by the hand. In our most difficult times, when we do not feel God's presence and feel abandoned, those are the moments we need to hold on fast. Don't let go! Talk with Jesus, pray with Jesus and trust in Jesus. “Do not be afraid.”
By: Mary Maddox
Prayerful Path/Mary Maddox
Saint James, pray for us that we may be willing to leave everything to follow Jesus as you did. Help us to become special friends of Jesus as you were. Amen