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Dear Visitors and Friends,
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What a silly, stupid thing to do!
Fall down one step, albeit a high one… and finish up not able to walk properly for some days! Thankfully nothing was broken this time - I was the lucky one, but it makes me realise just a little of the incapacity of others and the frustration that can bring. Maybe I can understand and empathise a little more with those who have to cope day in and day out with the weakness and frailty of our human bodies.
It is not easy being dependent on others and having to ask for help for the simplest of tasks, especially when we have been encouraged to be independent since the days we learnt to walk. Maybe we expect or ask too much of ourselves.
Jesus taught us to be a fellowship of his followers, to care for one another, to love one another, to be part of the family of God; brothers and sisters, all united to Him.
There are so many lessons to learn in crisis situations or times when we are weak and failing. Not the least, is to be able to receive from others their help, offered in love. My pride was probably dented and hurt more than my foot when I fell – but falling over reminds me of how easy it is to trip up on our life’s journey. The Lord extends his helping hand to us to guide us on the new tentative steps and strengthen us in our resolve to walk with more care so that we will not come a cropper again.
Jesus told a story about the Good Shepherd going out searching for the sheep that got lost. He didn’t give up until he found it and brought it back home again into the fold. We can easily fall or wander off the path set before us. Is it time to accept the help of the Good Shepherd and let Him bring us home, celebrating in His love and the security of the fold?
May you know His love and watchful care over you in your life.
P.S. Many thanks to all who gave help after my fall!
Take every aspect of our lives, individually and as a community, cleanse us from our sin that we may be used for Your Kingdom and bring glory to Your Holy and Righteous Name. We are not here to do our own bidding, to seek our own fulfillment or our own glory. We are here to please You.
We yield ourselves to You, to seek to know You, to love You, to obey You, and to grow in holy reverence as we seek to reflect Your light in our living in our community and beyond.
We choose today to love and honour You and to live in Your way. We believe and trust in Your promises that You will walk with us and guide us through the coming days.
We long to serve each other and be alongside each other as Jesus taught us - reaching out the hand of kindness and fellowship to each person we meet along the way.
We trust You, Lord to do that which we cannot do for ourselves. We open our lives to be filled with Your Holy Spirit as by his grace he bestows on us His spiritual gifts in your Church.
Teach us, lead us, and empower us to love and fear Your name; keeping us ever in Your constant love.
In Jesus name we pray together,