Let Them Be A Place of Springs …

“ They are happy , who dwell in your house,

forever singing your praise.

They are happy who’s strength is in you.

In whose hearts are the roads to Zion.

As they go through the Bitter Valley,

they make it a place of springs,

the autumn rain covers it with blessings.

They walk with ever growing strength,

they will see the God of gods in Zion….” ( Psalm 84 – Shorter Christian Prayer, c.1988, CBP,Co.)

Many times we find ourselves going through trials in life, and find ourselves face to face with things we know we really need to work on. At the time of this writing, we are in the midst of the Lenten season. The time in the Christian calendar when we spend the next approximately 40 days doing that spiritual house cleaning that really needs to be done. To really look at our lives and see where we have a little work to do. There is also a bit of a paradox in the Lenten season, as we are also excited and in that period of time leading up to the Easter season.

The purpose of this reflection really has little to do with the Lenten season and has more to do with how it is that we live our spiritual lives.

Let us say, for example that you, like many of us, find that you Go to church on Sunday or Saturday, evening, and you get your weekly spiritual feeding and super charging, finding peace within your spirit and you are in your happy place.

Along comes Monday morning. Your computer at your desk is not working AGAIN !!!! You are behind now, and it is already going to be a busy day, and then there are those production stats that you are behind the curve in, and going to that job is not where you want to be and the company does not appreciate the sheer effort it take for you to just walk through the front door.

Finances are tight because you have not seen a raise in years, and nothing ever seems to change, or at least anything that would make any appreciable difference in making your life easier !

Then your boss asks you for the hundredth time some really stupid question that he should already know the answer to, or is just to lazy to figure out on their own while they are busy interupting their time having coffee with friends. In the end run you growl at them while you answer their question.

At the end of the day, in the calm and quiet of your mind, you have realized that. The effort that you had decided to make, the plan that you had to go through the day that was ahead, to make strides in trying to be joyous, and happy, and peaceful both for yourself and others has failed miserably.

There are other brothers and sisters you know who seem always to be at peace, always seem to be happy , smiling and life just seems to be a walk in the park.

Reading the psalm above, makes us wonder, am I making springs for others as I pass through the bitter valleys of my life ? Am I a conduit of the Lords blessings ?

Do I allow Gods blessings to flow ? ….

Do I allow God, to use me to be His face,…

His voice, …His love to others ?

Do I walk with ever growing strength ? How is it that I can walk with an ever growing strength anyway ? –

We grow in strength day by day, by working daily on our relationship with God.

Prayer. Pray first, last and always. The more we pray, the more we enter into a practice of walking through our lives with God.

Study. Through scripture, and particularly the Gospels, Matthew , Mark, Luke, and John. The Bible is the Word of God. By studying His Word, we will come to know him better.

Laboria et Ora – The Benedictine motto, holds truth, Work, and Prayer. To know God, like any other relationship it takes work. It also takes work in how it is that we put our faith, and our relationship into practice.

In our daily lives, in our walk we will strive. We will fail initially, but we already have victory in Christ, the only thing left for us to do is to pick up our own crosses daily, and follow Christ in our daily lives.

May God give you the gift of His peace !

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