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Mending the Net: May 2006

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

If there's anything I can do, just call on me

May the strength I see and hear

And know in your heart and body

Shine through and blind those near

Who seek to hurt and quench your spirit.

May the weakness and the guilt

You think should form the blade

That you can draw, hand on hilt,

To vanquish enemies, reform to love.

May happiness fly on swift wings

That enfold and cherish you.

May faith encompass all these things

And warm your loneliest of nights.

Cobwebs and kitchens

My new home needs some tender loving care. It’s up to me to put some hard work into action (so far, this has consisted of list-making), and I have a deadline in that from the end of September this year I will be starting a four year BA (Hons) in Youth and Community Work, which means I’ll have to relocate again, at least for the first year. So it would be helpful if I could get on with it and bring this place up to scratch. Obviously, I’ll be calling in the troops, especially when it comes to the structural work.

This week I have been attacking the various things living/growing/smelling in the kitchen with enough cleaning products and elbow grease to make my brain melt, no matter how near I was to the wide open front door! It now appears a safe place for food to be prepared in and I thank God for giving me the will to get on my hands and knees and scrub! Not my favourite way to spend a day, but worthwhile in that it’s a step in the right direction, working towards a brighter future.

It seems difficult sometimes to light a path that is easy to follow; and maybe that's the point. My mother told me that nothing worth achieving comes easily; I tend to think that nothing worth doing is an easy ride, either. What right have we to give up when things turn difficult - surely God knows of all our troubles and, really, it must be a whole lot tougher on Him to realise that we're still struggling, still doubting, still falling short, than it is on us.

"All things have been committed to me by my Father. No-one knows the Son except the Father, and no-one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
Matthew 11: 27-30

I'm the first to stand up and admit my imperfections, but I do try to better myself. I open my heart to God and pray that Jesus will lead my body and soul to the places they are most needed. Everything truly does become easier when I sit down, relax, and let the Lord know that I love Him and need Him. That's really the essence of what this blog will become. An open place for me to share my thoughts, struggles, poems and prayers - a captured throng of moments to look back on and give thanks that I made it through them.


Lord,

Please grant to me the strength to face and endure what trials You see fit to send me. Please guide me in faith that I may serve You better with my love. I am your willing servant, I ask You to guide my steps along the path You set me.
Through heartache and happiness I have thrown up my hands to You; with Your voice in my heart I have tried to find my own way but it is a dark and frightening place sometimes and You seem far from me.
Help me, O Lord, to love and honour You as I should.

In faith.