Thought for Thursday: There seems to be so much going on in the word around us that seems oppressive and hopeless, evil and wrong.The conversations about this seem to occur much more on social media than at the kitchen table anymore. {Where they might be worked out in a healthy and helpful way} The Social media buzz has the propensity to stir anxiety , fear and anger much more than other ways of dialoguing. It is also a reminder to me of how desperate our world is for truth and for life steeped in love and hope. These conversations seem to go side ways no matter who is involved and I am being brought back daily to the heart of the matter. I am grateful to God for His ever loving patience with me as I seek to make sense of all of this! Even in the Christian community, there are hashtags and movements, ideas and strategies.As well intentioned as all of that is, scripture is the place, the place that sheds the light on the hope and reveals the direction,provides the counsel and the wisdom. So, I hope these words of Psalm 23 will shift your mind, your attention a little today. Away from the problems, the concerns, the fears and inadequacies you might face today and toward the one that is the “truth” The Lord is my Shepherd{ I am in His ever-loving care, I am not in charge!} I shall not want { If I am surrendered to Him} He makes me to lie down in green pastures{ I will be full and content} he leads me beside still waters { If He is my Shepherd I will not be thirsty} He restores my soul { The broken depths of my soul are healed and reintegrated in a life in union with God} I will fear no evil{ My confidence in Him will soar far above my wants and fears} He is with me{ this is all true based on the His presence in my life} His rod and staff will comfort me { I am under His protective care} He prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies { I can invite anyone to enjoy what God has prepared for me} He anoints my head with oil {He wants to bless me with a full free and powerful life in Him} My cup will run over { I will have more than enough so that I can be generous} Surely goodnses and mercy will follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. In the wise words of Dallas Willard..this is a description of the external life available to us now in the kingdom of the heavens; the abundant with-God life that comes from following the Shepherd, where we dwell and and abide with God in the fullness of life..a life in which all the promises of the gospel are realized. Because of this we have no reason to be anxious; the world is a perfectly safe place for us to be. These powerful words of truth helped shift my thinking today . Hope they make a difference to you!