In Rough Seasons...

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” - Psalm 23:5

Dear Friends,

Ever have a rough day?

How about a week? A month? A year?

It happens. Whether you deal with anxiety and depression all of your life or not, we all go through seasons where things just don’t seem… right.

One of the worst things we can do in these times, is to keep things bottled up, as a secret we alone know about, believing we alone understand - or worse, if anyone else did know, we’d be in trouble.

As I say, time and again, we were never meant to live this life alone. We were meant to live it in community. It’s this community that Jesus inaugurated when he called his disciples. And even before that, God had been building, re-building, refreshing and renewing that community for thousands of years.

One of the greatest poems, one of the most memorable songs of that community, remains a favorite of our community. Psalm 23 talks about the way that God cares for us, as a shepherd caring for his sheep.

But in the middle of this song, the image turns to a banquet - among enemies - where even there, our heads are anointed and our cups are filled to overflowing.

I don’t know what your rough day, week, month or year is about. Honestly, I don’t even know what my rough season is about. But one thing I’ve discovered is that the more I focus on myself, the more I focus on my own anxiety, frustration, stress or fear… the more it grows, and the more debilitating it can be.

On the other hand, as I look toward God, as I seek to receive from God - even in a distressed state among enemies - the more I am able to see beyond my own self, beyond my own circumstance and to the world God has called me to bless.

And bless, I can. Even when I’m anxious, worried, stressed or depressed.

In fact, the very act of caring for someone else, allowing the overflow of my cup to bless them, the more I have felt the weight of stress and anxiety lift.

I pray today, that no matter what table you’re sitting at - among friends or among enemies - that the God of all grace and peace, would overflow your cup with his blessings, so that you might continue to be a blessing to the world around you! And in so doing, you might be lifted up, far beyond what you are now!

Welcoming people to Grow in Jesus,

Pastor Don

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