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Weekly Devotionals

Wherever You Are, There You’re Sent

“And there I will meet with you, and I will speak
with you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are on
the ark of the Testimony, about everything which I will give you in commandment
to the children of Israel.”

Exodus 25:22, NKJV

Maybe because it’s graduation and send-off season as so many
move on to next chapters, at this time of year I often think of a poem called
“Desiderata.” My father gave me a printed version of it when I graduated from
university, as a blessing for the journey ahead, and I’ve always found much
wisdom and comfort in it. Regardless of where you are in your journey – whether
moving onward or staying in the same place – I hope it reminds of God’s unconditional
love and guiding purpose for you and your life, and blesses you with peace, as
you make your way through your week. Wherever we go, the Lord is with us. “But
the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.”
(Deuteronomy 30:14, NKJV)

Desiderata, by Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.