July 14

Psalm 23

“He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.” vss. 2-3

Each of us has a soul–it’s what gives us our identity. That soul bears the stamp of God and is the part of us that craves meaning and purpose. When we’re at our best we feel the connection with the Divine and know in our hearts that we have come from God and will be going to God. There’s a unity that transcends the muck of the world and gives peace to our hearts in the darkest moments. But at other times life seems difficult and even living from day to day is a chore. That yearned for connection is gone and we feel an emptiness in our hearts that aches for fulfillment. The psalmist knew that feeling but also knew that the Good Shepherd would bring restoration to his soul. And so it continues for us. The restoration business is a part of the Divine job description and when our souls are disconnected, we should know that our plight has not escaped God’s attention. In the midst of our dismembering we are remembered and Light heads our way. Sometimes it comes through creation, in a poignant moment out in the wild or in a garden. Most often it comes through the eyes and touches of friends and family, those special persons who have been assigned our cases from eternity. Oh how good it is to be loved and not forgotten!

Thought for the Day: How’s my soul doing?

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