We, like sheep…

“All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s path to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the sins of us all.” Isaiah 53:6

How often are we convinced that we must produce, manage and construct our lives to satisfy ourselves? Fuelled by fear and desperation, we can become determined to create our own way and supply our own needs; not truly believing that God is able and knows what’s best for us. Sadly, in the end we will discover that our own attempts at self-sufficiency paled in comparison to the living springs of water that Jesus offered us.

This is an excerpt from a real life shepherd’s experience with sheep. Instead of allowing themselves to be led to drink from clean water, they took the first pocket of diseased slime they could find:

“The snow-fed waters were flowing pure and clean and crystal clear between lovely banks of trees. But on the way [to the stream] several stubborn ewes and their lambs stopped, instead, to drink from small, dirty, muddy pools beside the trail. The water was filthy and polluted not only with the churned up mud from the passing sheep but even with the manure and urine of previous flocks that had passed that way. Still these stubborn sheep were quite sure it was the best drink obtainable.” – Phillip Keller

In what areas of your life are you drinking out of muddy, waste-filled waters instead of the fresh living stream of life that God provides? He is trustworthy, he is capable, and all he requires from you right now is a willing heart to be led by the great Shepherd.

Come, Holy Spirit.

- Sarah Rutledge

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St. Boniface Church In San Francisco Lets Homeless People Sleep In Pews

FREECHURCH_BLOG_ST_BONIFACEFor the city’s homeless, San Francisco’s St. Boniface Church is seen as a safe haven.

The nonprofit known as the Gubbio Project partners with the Roman Catholic church to let the city’s homeless sleep on its pews during daylight hours, even during Mass, and provides a host of services to hundreds of those who are forced to leave when homeless shelters close in the morning, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Read article at The Huffington Post
Photo Jeanette Antal

 

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Pope Francis Continues to Be Great, Of Course

Francis

Pope Francis is great. Nobody is on the fence about that. And yet, he continues to find inventive ways to be great. It’s almost as if this man is constantly in the process of bettering himself and forever seeking out new ways to make the world a better place. Can you even imagine living like that? Anyway, the Pope’s most recent means of being great involved a 35-year-old woman named Anna Romano, who got dumped by her boyfriend after he found out she was pregnant.

Depressed and considering an abortion, Anna sent Pope Francis a letter detailing her situation, and a few days later, got a call from Rome. “Hello Anna,” the voice on the other end of the line said. “This is Pope Francis.”

He encouraged her against getting an abortion, told her she wouldn’t be left alone and offered to personally baptize her baby in the event that her local priest refused. Anna is keeping the baby and saying that, in the event that it’s a boy, she’ll be naming him “Francis” …

From Relevant Magazine

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