You Are Precious To Me

The following extract is from My Father My King by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

You are precious to Me. Your infinite value and worth are your birth right and can never be withdrawn. View yourself as My child at all times. I have created you in My image, and your task in life is to follow My wishes so you will be close to Me for all eternity.

You are unique. From the beginning of Creation until the end of time there will never be another person exactly like you. You have a unique nature and were given unique circumstances and life tests. Your specific mission was given to you alone.

View the world as having been created especially for you. This gives you a great responsibility and expands your consciousness of your importance.

Nothing any human being says to you can diminish your measureless value by even one iota. Anyone who understands that you are My child will talk to you with respect.

In spite of your limitations and handicaps, your mistakes and your errors, your intrinsic value as My child is irreversible. Correct that which needs correction, yet remember that as My child your value is infinite.

At times you will feel better and at times you will feel worse. At times you will feel spiritually elevated and at times you will feel lowly. Regardless of how you feel at any given moment, your value and your worth are constant. You are always My child and you are always precious. Remember this when you need it the most.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. – Jeremiah 29:11

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. – Psalm 139: 13-16

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. – Psalm 145:18

Thou Dost Not Fall

As the rain hides the stars, as the autumn mist hides the hills, as the clouds veil the blue of the sky, so the dark happenings of my lot hide the shining of Thy face from me. Yet, if I may hold Thy hand in the darkness, it is enough. Since I know that, though I may stumble in my going, Thou dost not fall. (Hebridean Altars, Alistair Maclean)

God who made man that he might seek him – God whom we try to comprehend by the groping of our lives – that self-same God is as pervasive and perceptible as the atmosphere in which we are bathed. He encompasses us on all sides, like the world itself. What prevents you then, from enfolding him in your arms? Only one thing: your inability to see him. (Teilhard de Chardin)

In a sense that glory will always remain hidden, for God is too great for us to comprehend. Our minds could not contain the full mystery and wonder of God, yet they can forever be excited by glimpses of glory. What the mind cannot grasp the heart can often hold. What we are seeking is not so much intellectual knowledge as a relationship with God: not a collecting of facts but a life-changing relationship. As with all relationships there are always new experiences, new depths, new mysteries to enjoy and to explore. It is when we lose our relationship with God that our faith becomes dull and struggles. (The Road of Life, David Adams)

You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. Psalm 18:28

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have light of life.” John 8:12

When We Try To Run Away

We all get times when problems pile upon us and everyone seems to get on our nerves. We think to ourselves if only I could get away for a while for some peace and quiet, then everything would be okay. Wouldn’t it? Here’s what Socrates said:

“How can you wonder your travels do you no good, when you carry yourself around with you? You are saddled with the very thing that drove you away. How can novelty of surroundings abroad and becoming acquainted with foreign scenes and cities be of any help? All that dashing about turns out to be quite futile. And if you want to know why all this running away cannot help you, the answer is simply this: you are running away in your own company. You have to lay aside the load on your spirit. Until you do that, nowhere will satisfy you.” Socrates (470 BC – 399 BC)

Prayer

Dear Lord, I come to You today to ask for help. You are my everything. Lord, I need rest. I give You my worry. Take it, Lord. I accept Your peace, love, and understanding. Help me to turn to You and not to myself, to stop doing and start trusting. Help me to wait on Your answers, because I know that they are good. Give me wisdom, hope, and peace. Thank you, Lord, for Your patience and grace. I love You, and I know You love me so much more than I could ever imagine. Amen.

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

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. Matthew 11:29

Facing Reality

The following excerpt and prayer is from Disguises of Love by Eddie Askew.

As Christians, we must face the reality of the world. We can’t delude ourselves over the activity of evil or pretend that it’s all God’s will. We don’t know why some people suffer much more than others and why some break under it. But we do know that God is with us, even though sometimes we know it only in retrospect. Looking back, we see that, through the suffering, love was at work in one of his many disguises. Love is often hard to recognise, so close to the suffering that he’s hard to identify. So hard that we attribute to him the suffering itself, instead of thanking him for his presence and strength. We can find him in and through the suffering, love’s disguises slowly dissolving as we recognise his presence. Not necessarily justifying the suffering but turning it towards good.

Lord, I spend a lot of time

talking to you about myself.

I have so many needs.

Help me today to think of others.

I pray for people weighed down by worry.

Anxious people, who don’t know where to turn.

Who don’t know whose door to knock on,

bewildered by what life has brought.

Knocked off balance by the suffering and inequality

they meet at every step.

People without choices,

whose only way is down.

Somehow, Lord, in the turmoil of survival,

in the questioning and the doubt,

show yourself to them.

Let them find you, not in the abstract,

not in the smooth words of the practised preacher,

but in a hand held out to help.

In shared tears, and in the silence

that says everything without words.

May they recognise your purposes for them,

and learn that your will for them is good.

Help us, each one of us,

to face things as they are.

And though the world has forgotten the architect’s plans,

though the builders ignore the blueprint,

and the foundations shake with every pressure,

shelter us with your presence.

Help us to see you at work

not only in the good days

but in the bad,

and to know, beyond doubt,

not through others’ words but our own experience,

that you work together with us.

For good.

Then, Lord, our praise will be real,

our joy deep.

Eddie Askew (1927-2007), former general director of the Leprosy Mission who dedicated his life to the relief of leprosy all over the world.