“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my thoughts.
See if there is any wicked way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalm 139: 23-24
When we are in the midst of caring for others it is hard to see each person clearly. As an educator, even after almost twenty or so years in the profession, I can become overwhelmed by the needs of the children I teach. Learning to see each of them as separate and unique creations can be a challenge.
Each of us likely have people in our lives that are our responsibility and privilege to care for. In different seasons of life different people take more time and attention.
As we have reflected together over the last several weeks, being present as a caregiver requires a steady hand. If we veer too far one way we forget ourselves and lose the ability to be present in a healthy and loving way. On the other side of the road is self-absorption and fear. Psalm 139 reminds us that we are each created, known and loved by God.
God, Open our eyes that we may see Your handiwork in ourselves and in each person we care for today. We confess that sometimes we are selfish and fearful. Lead us in Your way everlasting. AMEN
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Some Comfort and Joy was developed as a devotional resource that follows the rhythms and seasons of the liturgical year from an Anabaptist-Mennonite perspective.