“The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1
With these simple words the psalmist pretty much sums up the secret to living a peaceful and satisfied life. Today as we celebrate Harvest Festival, we would do well to remember that we have much to be thankful for. Yet in spite of the abundance and plenty that surrounds us, most of the time the world is always telling us that our lives are incomplete and that we need even more stuff if we are to be truly happy.
The problem is that all too often we fail to recognise and value the gifts that God has already, in his abundant grace, placed right in front of us. ‘How long will you keep us in suspense?’ ‘If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.’ Jesus answered, ‘I have told you, and you do not believe.’ John 10:24-25 As they were gathered around Jesus, the Jewish leaders failed to recognize that God’s greatest gift was already standing right in front of them. I wonder just how often we risk doing the same? Jesus’ advice to Thomas was to stop doubting and believe...
So the next time you find yourself struggling in with your faith, remember that the answer to your fears is right under your nose. Take some time to stop and listen to the voice of the shepherd. With the Lord as our shepherd we have everything we need and there is nothing that can snatch us from his hand. Thanks be to God.
Till next time. Andrew
This week's readings; Acts 9:36-43, Psalm 23, Revelation 7:9-17, John 10:22-30
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Rev. Andrew Smith
Vicar of Light in the Hills