"Go to your people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you and how he has had mercy on you" - Mark 5:19
Five-thirty a.m. is my favourite time of the day. To be honest, I have always been a morning person. But in the spring of 2015, I began setting my alarm to 5:30 a.m., and I started each day reading my bible and in prayer. At the time, I was shaken, ashamed and in shock at the implosion of my marriage, and I needed the daily grounding of God's word to be my lifeline amidst the storm. Each morning, his unfailing love would quiet my distressed thoughts and whisper, "Be still," to my mind. My dear friend Lori gave me the devotional "Jesus Calling" by Sara Young, and I found the structure and content extremely helpful during that turbulent and confusing season.
David uses the images of green pastures and quiet waters, and I received refreshment from walking outside. The combination of fresh air, being in God's creation and exercise provided benefits for both the body and the mind.
I also sought out guidance from Dr. Paul Day to help me on my healing journey. I refer to him as my small "c" counsellor, because he seeks wisdom from the big "C" counsellor – the Holy Spirit – as well as using biblical analogies and principles in his practice. I would strongly encourage people to seek out help and to ask our pastoral staff for recommendations for counsellors if their journey becomes uniquely challenging. As hard and embarrassing it may seem, bringing issues out of hiding and into the light allows God's healing grace to work.
Valleys are dark, exhausting and daunting places to walk through. Yet comfort, guidance and tender mercy are available if we trust and seek him.
Lamentations 3:19-23 says it best:
"I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."
I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion; therefore, I will wait for him".
Shelley Murdoch Green
Former beloved parish nurse of Foothills, current beloved Home Care nurse coordinator to many!