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open hand

I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name for ever and ever. Every day I will bless you, and praise your name for ever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall laud your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. On the glorious splendour of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. The might of your awesome deeds shall be proclaimed, and I will declare your greatness. They shall celebrate the fame of your abundant goodness, and shall sing aloud of your righteousness. The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made. All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your faithful shall bless you. They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom, and tell of your power, to make known to all people your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. The Lord is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds. The Lord upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. You open your hand, satisfying the desire of every living thing. The Lord is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfils the desire of all who fear him; he also hears their cry, and saves them. The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy. My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, and all flesh will bless his holy name for ever and ever. (Psalm 145, NRSV)

The Lord opens His hand satisfying the desires of all living things.

The Lord is faithful to all He has said He will do.

The Lord watches over all that He has made.

So lean on Him and know that He will always support you and His hand will be open to give you what you need!

 

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faithful servant

Shot of an office worker sending a text message while sitting at his workstation with coworkers behind him

“Who then is the faithful and wise slave, whom his master has put in charge of his household, to give the other slaves their allowance of food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master will find at work when he arrives. Truly I tell you, he will put that one in charge of all his possessions. But if that wicked slave says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’ and he begins to beat his fellow slaves, and eats and drinks with drunkards, the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour that he does not know. He will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 24:45-51, NRSV)

How will Jesus find us when He returns?

Will He find faithful servants dutifully doing the work Jesus set before us?

Or will He find us distracted by our own desires and gratifying the flesh?

We are the hands and feet of Christ, the Body of our Lord here and now. What are we doing to help other see Him and His love?

 

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Labor not in vain…

Have you ever done something and had it completely fall apart around you? Started a project that just crumbled around you as you tried to carry it out? Had a wonderful idea that once you started to put it in motion you realized that it was not going to succeed?

What is success? We each measure our own success differently. It is the amount of money we make? The number of people we get to come to something we do? The number of people that tell us how good we are? The number of people touched by our lives and the way we do something?

I do not believe our thoughts on what success is is really what success is.  Jesus has an idea of what our actions should produce, and this is not what we want. Paul tells the Corinthians “Therefore, my beloved,* be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labour is not in vain.” Anything we do that we do in the mission of the Lord is not done in vain, even if we do not get the results we want. But be careful… This does not mean if you do something and say you are doing it for God that it is in the mission of God, or it is something that Jesus really wants you to do. Labor for the Lord is done in His mission for His glory, not for the glory of those doing the action. God is in control, this much is true, but I have seen and heard this phrase used by those that may not have been doing what is God’s mission to get their own desires, and fulfilling their own needs. Labor in the Lord requires time of prayer and discernment. It requires time of worship and time spent with Jesus to hear Him and understand what He is calling you to do.

So hold tight to Jesus, giving your life to Him and living in His love and mercy, following the path He has set before you, and then you can be sure that your labor will not be in vain.

 

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