Caring for Our Flock

There are days when I am overwhelmed at work.  There is so much I have to get accomplished, but one interruption turns into a dozen.  Some of these are legitimate, but others are to hear a story I could recite by memory or to answer a question I’ve already answered a dozen times.

                I wish I could tell you I’m always sweet, smiling and gracious but I’d be lying.  There are times when I’m frustrated, irritated and short on patience. 

                Later my heart breaks that I was not more gracious.  However, there are four people in my department and we have less than 100 hours a week between us to meet the needs of 120 people.  I constantly feel as if we are not doing enough for each person and their needs.  Over the years, the Lord reminds me I can’t do it all and sometimes we have to trust their needs are being met through family, friends and other staff members.

                Yet, there are some who have no family or friends to visit.  Often, they are lost in the recesses of dementia and needs extra assurance and attention.

                The Lord tells us to “Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God.”  {1 Peter 5:2-3}

          Lord, show me how to watch over my flock.  You know their needs and our limitations.  Help me to keep my eyes on you and to trust you will provide all we lack.

          Who are your flock?

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