“Trust the LORD and His mighty power”
“Plant good seeds and you will harvest a crop of love”
In these confusing days, the word of God is our steadfast and reassuring guide. Study does not have to done in groups and there are many on-line resources to help. Be discerning and guided by prayer. Please contact us if you would like to know what on line resources are currently available.
It is important to constantly seek the Word of God and even more so during these unprecedented times.
Understand my dear brothers and sisters; you must all be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to get angry.
James 1v19 NLT
One of the well known figures in the Old Testament is David, the shepherd, the fugitive and the king. He was also a notable scribe who wrote many of the Psalms we have in our Bible, the most popular and possibly the most well known, is Psalm 23. It is this psalm that is uppermost in my mind at this time. It will form the
bais of our meditations for the next few weeks as we uncover what David meant when he wrote it and how relevant it is today as we come to terms with Covid-19 and its ramifications. In verse 1 David begins “The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want”- “I lack nothing /I have all that I need” are various translations.
When David referred to the Lord as his Shepherd, he was using a traditional metaphor of his time, but with special meaning because of his relationship with The Lord. This was not just any old „someone‟ it was The Lord. David was well versed in the part the Lord played in creation, forming it and caring for it.
David was also very much aware that the Lord had created the nations and had chosen Israel as His people. He had brought them out of slavery in Egypt and given them great leaders. It was this „One‟ he referred to as his Shepherd.
Being a shepherd himself he was well aware of the tasks involved.
The need to provide DAILY food and drink for his flock; the need to protect them, the need to have a plan as to where they next would find their supplies. The shepherd also needed to be aware of the straying nature of sheep and to note if there were any sick and weak among the flock. All these and more were behind David‟s understanding of being a Good Shepherd.
With all this in mind, David went on to claim The Lord is MY Shepherd. Not only was The Lord a Shepherd for all but the reality dawned upon him – this great Shepherd with all
His attributes was his. Was he being a little selfish and possessive in his claim? No. He just became aware of The Shepherd‟s personal interest and concern for one of His sheep – and that sheep was David!
This enabled him to stop and examine his life and surroundings and proclaim „I lack nothing – I have everything I need‟. Yes, what he needed, not necessarily what he wanted! It is generally accepted this Psalm was written when David was a young shepherd looking after his father‟s sheep. I am sure as a young man there were several things he wanted, dare we say longed for, but his Shepherd was providing for all his needs. He was living in a time of anxiety and uncertainty but knew that right then, at the point of need, he was being cared for and provided for by his shepherd.
May we pause for a moment this week and consider the truth of these words for ourselves. The One who created this world – the One who looks after it day by day – is the one who is interested in us – He will keep his eye on the straying one, make sure we are fed and will defend us when we are attacked.
Hallelujah, I am one of His sheep – are you?
There has never been a greater need to look after our community. Along with many organisations Fareshare Kent can help if you, a friend, relative or neighbor Is in genuine need.
In Zimbabwe, war trauma and high unemployment can leave people in despair - until they find hope on a “friendship bench.”
Hopeless people can go there to talk with trained “grandmothers” - elderly women taught to listen to people struggling with depression.
The Friendship Bench Project is being launched in other places, including Zanzibar, London and New York City. “ We were thrilled to bits with the results,“ said one London researcher. A New York counselor agreed.
“ Before you know it, you’re not on a bench; you’re just inside a warm conversation with someone who cares.”
Please pray for all those afflicted by the Coronavirus, for students having to isolate away from home and loved ones in Care Homes missing family and friends. This world pandemic affects so many, and many prayers are needed for so many situations.
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but there are no activities planned during the lockdown period
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London Road Temple Ewell Temple Ewell, Dover, CT16 3DE, United Kingdom
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