The Good Shepherd
This is such a beautiful story I took from last week’s church newsletter when we were celebrating the feast of ” The Good Shepherd”
If you cherish every moment
all the beauty of each day,
if you treasure simple pleasures
little joys life brings your way,
If you inspire love and friendship
because you’re warm and dear….
You’re a special kind of person
who grows nicer with each year.
I WILL live with JOY in my heart.
Take Time……. to LOVE!
The Old Violin
‘Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer
Thought it scarcely worth his while
To waste much time on the old violin,
But held it up with a smile.
“What am I bidden, good folks ?” he cried,
Who’ll start the bidding for me?
A dollar, a dollar-now two, only two –
Two dollars, and who’ll make it three?
Three dollars once, three dollars twice,
Going for three” – but no!
From the room far back a grey – haired man
Came forward and picked up the bow;
Then wiping the dust from the old violin,
And tightening up all the strings,
He played a melody pure and sweet,
As sweet as an angel sings.
With a voice that was quiet and low,
Said,” what am I bid for the old violin?”
And he held up the bow,
“A thousand dollars- who’ll make it two?
Two thousand – and who’ll make it three?
Three thousand once and three thousand twice –
And going and gone, ” said he.
The people cheered and some of them cried,
“We do not understand –
What changed its worth ?” The man replied:
“The touch of a master’s hand.
And battered and torn with sin,
Is auctioned cheap to a thoughtless crowd,
But the Master comes, and the foolish crowd
Never can quite understand
The worth of a soul and the change that’s wrought
By the touch of the Master’s hand.
Myra Brooks Welch 5
Legends say that the hummingbirds float free.
They carry our hopes for love, joy, and celebration.
The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that
life is rich, beauty is everywhere, and every
personal connection has meaning,
and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation.
Comfort on days that are difficult,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow clouds,
Laughter to soothe yearning lips,
Sunsets to warm aching hearts,
Gentle hugs for sagging spirits,
Friendship to brighten each day,
Beauty for longing eyes to observe,
Confidence for when in doubt,
Faith to help flagging belief,
Courage to know our true selves,
Patience for acceptance of truth,
And LOVE to make life complete.
It is not fancy hair, gold jewellery, or fine
clothes that should make you beautiful.
” No, your beauty should come from
within you – the beauty of a gentle and
quiet spirit. This beauty will never disappear
and is worth MUCH MORE to GOD.
There could never be another You
There has never been, and will never be, another you.
That means that the bravest thing that you can do
is to be who you already are.
Because it’s safer to be like someone else. It’s easier to hide.
It’s simpler to say, “I”m not good enough”, and walk away.
But we need you friend.
We need your gifts.
We need your thoughts.
We need your smile.
When you are who you were created to be,
you become a mirror of the Heart of the One who created you.
The enemy of your soul will try to tell you to change who you are
because he would love to interfere with that reflection.
Say NO, my friend.
NO to comparing.
No to competing.
NO to copying.
Instead…. open your heart, spread out your wings,
lift up your head and live in divine confidence. You have much to offer.
You are a one- of- a -kind original.
No one can ever be better than you at being you.
Say YES ,my friend.
YES to boldness.
YES to beauty.
YES, to being who you were created to be.
Say “YES” with all of your heart for all of your life.
Speak it with everything you do and all that you become.
Because…. one of the very best ways to change the world
is by refusing to change who you were created to be.
Devotional encouragement by Holly Gerth , from her blog
Heart to Heart with Holly.