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Monday, February 22, 2016

Soul Care is Great, But...

It seems we always have to return to life.

Psalm 56:1-3 "Be merciful to me, my God, for my enemies are in hot pursuit; all day long they press their attack.  My adversaries pursue me all day long; in their pride many are attacking me.  When I am afraid, I put my trust in you" (NIV).

And...  that feels more like real life. 

Oh, this day...  All I really wanted to do was watch The Lion King... and The Lion King 2... with my five year old who thinks it's great if Mommy goes away to conferences, as long as it culminates in a day of snuggling on the couch and pretending we're jungle animals.  I also read Psalm 57:4a, "I am in the midst of lions," (NIV) and thought to myself, "Yes... please... let's take that one out of context, today!"  But here it is, early evening, and "Hakuna Matata" seems like the stuff that children's movies are made of... uh... wait...

Here's the deal, friends.  We cannot control anyone else.  As a matter of fact, seeking to control is not very loving.  But we can do something about ourselves...

"My heart is firmly fixed: O God, my heart is fixed" (from Common Prayer).

Ironically, I don't think there is anything common... at all... about that prayer, but I hope it will be mine, especially because I need this to be true on days like today.

I Corinthians 4:12-13a, "We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly" (NIV).

Maybe there is still a chance that I can feel the love tonight...


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