I am hoping that you have people who feed your spirit. You know the type of people I mean. I am talking about people who rejoice with you. I am talking about those who taste salt when you weep. I am talking about those who laugh at your jokes, rejoice in your good news, are never demeaning or dismissive. Do you have friends and or relatives like that? If you do, hooray and huzzah. Those are the kinds of friends and relations that I love the best. You see, those are the ones who cherish you, and you them.
I am filled with gratitude to have these people. When I am beleaguered, worn down, or feeling left out or just plain not valued, these are the people who see me through it. Their kindness, empathy, and love restore me. They build me up all over again. They help me to remember that I have worth. They help me see myself through their eyes, instead of my own overly critical eyes. Gosh, we all need people like that. For it is through their kindness, and God’s love and loving example, that we learn to be better people.
When my spirit is malnourished, I am fed and restored. When I am restored, I have the strength to feed others. When they are fed, they are restored and have the strength to feed others. Through the linkages of life, we love. The restoration reduces the powers of the bullies and the ones who roll their eyes at people or the ones who exclude people. If we each could try each day to restore someone, and go to the Shepherd who restores, the world would become a brighter and better place.
I pray that today, and all weekend long, you are fed, nourished, and restored. Be blessed.