Jo Cooper is a friend and mentor of mine. I have known Jo for many years, she worked at the Family Growth Centres where I had our eldest son enrolled there. She taught me so much of how to be a faithful gentle mom and I love her for that.
I’m so delighted to be starting another year! All time given to us is more precious than we ever take time to realize. There are things I know the Lord is urging me to do, and sometimes it’s laziness, sometimes it feels uncomfortable, and sometimes, I just lack confidence to step out there and try. But that’s the whole point. He gives us time, He has things for us to do, and someday, I may be lying in a bed, unable to do much of anything, and these things will surely come to mind. How sad if I have missed the moment! I live for You, oh Lord. Amen. ~Jo Cooper
This quote from her Facebook timeline is perfect for today’s first reading. I love the statement: Lord is urging me to do, and sometimes it’s laziness, sometimes it feels uncomfortable, and sometimes, I just lack confidence to step out there and try. But that’s the whole point. Haven’t we all felt this way? When we refuse to do, it is out of fear. Fear of success. Fear of the calling of God. But this fear comes from listening to those spirits which convince us of our worthlessness, a thing that will make us deny God, deny our role of Priest,(lay priesthood of nurturers), Prophet, (the first teacher), and Queen, (conserver of resources).
If we listen too often, if it becomes habit we lose more than we think we have gained by not stepping out as God has called.