Shepherd Me, O God

Well, 2014 is off to a fantastic start.

Sarcasm will get you everywhere.

It’s been a wild ride to the start of this year. I’ll spare you most of the details, but let’s just say that I’m not exactly feeling 2014 yet. I’ve also taken note that years ending in a four are often simply craptastic years for me.

But here’s hoping that this will change. Just because the year has started bad with some weather issues, traveling challenges, a need now for vocational discernment for my wife, the death of two friend’s close family members and some trepidations about other issues that I shall keep close to the vest for now…does not mean that the year must go the way of the Tidy-Bowl-Man.

And regardless of the fact that crap happens to all of us, the great Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM, has given me a mantra by which to live my life. Simply put:

“Life is hard. Get over it.”

To add to that…I would say that because life is hard it indeed is a reminder that we do not journey it alone. That we have need of God. That we are not God and that on occasion we need some help along the way.

In fact, we need it often.

Psalm 23 is often read at funerals. It should probably be read each day because it reminds us of God’s shepherding love for the world.

So today let us pray:

That God will indeed shepherd us in troubled times and that we will be able to see God’s guidance in our lives and feel the tender embrace in our painful times.

For it is in faith that we walk, comforted by the fact that God never leaves us alone, makes a way out of no way and always can redeem our suffering, even in the face of hopelessness and death.

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