10See the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. 11He will feed his flock like a shepherd, he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.
Each night when we say grace at dinner my husband and I include our prayers for the people. We begin though in this way:
We thank you Lord for this food and for all the gifts and blessings that you give us. We thank you for watching over us, guiding us, and protecting us.”
His recompense is available for us if we have tried to be the best followers of his Word that we can be. We often fail.
In this time of Lent, perhaps you can think of times in this young year that you have already failed to be as good a parent, friend, colleague, spouse, or child as God has tried to teach you to be. Do not distress yourself with imaginings of how you have failed. God loves you. As John Greenleaf Whittier reminds us in the anthem, “The Silent Sea,” based on his poem, “The Eternal Goodness:”
“I only know I cannot drift beyond His love and care, beyond His love and care.”
Help us to remember that we are God’s children. Keep us humble, but not so humble that we do not acknowledge that your light is in each of us. As we let that light shine we give others permission to see their own light and to share it, And in so doing God’s manifest presence is brought to all and the divine is everywhere.