Spiritual Thoughts and Quotes - Western Trust Chaplains

Workplace Health

The Western Trust Chaplains have selected a range of spiritual thoughts and guidance to support staff spirit as we enjoy a new season and hopefully move towards warmer weather.

 

Fr Sean O’Donnell – Roman Catholic Chaplain

"Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song."

St. Pope John Paul II

 

 

Jennifer Gault – Irish Methodist Chaplain

The Compassionate Jesus

When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:36

Compassion is a distinctive characteristic of Jesus' personality. It flowed from the very centre of His heart and filled His teachings.

If life has disappointed you, or are filled with despair and have no idea where to turn to for inspiration and strength, remember the compassion of Jesus. In the power of His love He encourages you to persevere and keep going, ask for Jesus, full of compassion to help you today.

Compassionate Lord, thank you for Your love that renews lives. Amen.

 

Rev Keith Hibbert - Presbyterian Chaplain

Finding Rest

“My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, he is my fortress, I shall never be shaken.” Psalm 62

Sometimes we can experience a feeling of restlessness and we feel distant from God. It might be as a result of a loss or a crisis in our lives that leaves us feeling forgotten or uncared for by God. Have there been times, maybe even that time is now, when you feel that God has forgotten or abandoned you? Despite all that was going on around him, King David knew where to turn he knew could trust God and find rest for his weary soul. The same God is there for us in these restless times in our lives too. Find rest in God alone.

 

Finding Hope

“Why are you downcast O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God.” Psalm 42

Have you ever had that feeling as though you couldn’t go on? Ever felt as though things were falling apart and that God seems a million miles away? There’s so much around us that seems to cause us to despair. The world’s answer is usually ‘get a grip of yourself!’ but the answer is, like the psalmist, to get a grip on God. God is not indifferent to our lives. God loves us and wants us to trust in him. Take a firm grip on God, not on yourself, but on God. Trust in him and find hope.

 

Rev Lindsay Blair - Presbyterian Chaplain

“The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing” Psalm 23 v 1

God is like a shepherd watching over his sheep. He is aware of every path that we take and ultimately will provide for us, guide and protect us and bring us home. When we feel isolated and alone, the Lord’s care for His children remains sure and true. Let us remember that we are never beyond his knowledge and concern. He our creator loves us and simply asks us that we trust and follow him.

 

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4 v 13

How often, when facing difficulties in life have we sensed our frailty and weakness and we may have felt like giving up. Yet many people speak of a strength that they have found to face particular challenges and which has brought them through their trial. Is this what St Paul is talking about here, he, not boasting about his own strength, but declaring the strength that comes from the Lord, which he knows will sustain him and also us as we follow Him?

 

“My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121

The Psalmist looks all around to see where help and strength is be found for his journey. Like him, we also may ask where we might find power, even as we seek to exist from day to day. But it’s not in the mountains, nor in any other part of the creation that the ultimate source is to be found. Rather our real help comes from the Lord the creator of all things, who cares for us and who promises us that he will bring us help that will sustain us forever. Today may we look above, to Him, for the help and strength that he alone can bring.

 

 

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