Sunday, November 23, 2014

Firm Allegiance In Times of Hardships - FAITH

Once again John was gifted with an opportunity to share his journey to find Faith at a Confirmation retreat with about 40 attending.  This is what he burns to do, and offers himself as a speaker whenever he can.  He shared his story so beautifully in the Prairie Catholic in the last year!  So good to not only know John's story, but to see it continue to be the basis for his life!  To see that he has truly found Faith through the Lord allowing him to have brain cancer!  It is not passing or a flash in the pan, but a lasting gift received and The Holy Spirit is at work in his life - guiding and directing him by opening some doors and closing others.  Now he is heading for a new job in the Cities, along with our prayers for his finding his place and also able to share his story and inspire others as well.
My Zesty Rose Ida is good at cheering me up, and I find that I am feeling down today with the gloomy rainy day and just some hard things I am looking at about myself.  Times of wakefulness in the night when things always look more bleak, and carrying over into the day.  Looking at the word Faith today to help me in a phrase/acronym spell out some encouragement this day of Christ the King... Firm Allegiance (to the Lamb/Christ the King) In Times (of) Hardships.  I know in my heart of hearts that I am loved by The Lamb no matter how lowly and messed up I am, and all the flaws make me weak, and cause me to fall on my knees, and need him, and turn to him, and not think that I can in any way go on without him, or alone or on my own two wobbly legs, or that I am self-sufficient.  Those hard times remind me that I am nothing without him, and when I am selfish and not nice to those around me - I need my Faith to get me through and ... "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  In verdant pastures he gives me repose.  Beside restful waters he leads me; he refreshes my soul.  He guides me in right paths for his names sake."  Psalm 23 from mass today
Overnight the snow has disappeared. 
Jesus, I am so glad that you are my King and I am your servant.  I am reminded of all those parables you shared in The Word about the masters and their servants.  I would love to be a good servant to you, but today I feel down and like one of the bad ones.  Please do not cast me out into the darkness where there is wailing and gnashing of teeth.  Please, have mercy on me as I am humble and lowly and weak - so in need of You and your forgiveness.  I know that you are always and forever merciful, but I grow so weary of my sad state of service to you.  So poorly done with bad attitudes... It seems to rob all the good from what I try to do!  Help me, Good Shepherd, pick me up this day of down, and hardships, and sadness, and carry me in your loving and forgiving arms down the narrow path.  I do not even feel that I have the strength to drag my Cross this day, but I will!  Jesus, I trust in YOU.  Amen and Hallelujah
I know that it helps to look outside of ourselves and serve the needs of others - then we realize how much we are given, and we are no longer all about ourselves.  The corporal works of mercy mentioned in the Gospel today is a convicting reminder to us to "for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me."  Lord, with all this to do for others, how can we feel down about ourselves?
Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
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1 comment:

  1. Mom, please know that we love you and your sharing, even in a moment of hardship, is doing lots of good. Prayers.