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Two squirrels chased each other all over our front yard yesterday. Back and forth, from tree to tree, they teased and taunted each other with what seemed to be a never-ending supply of energy and fervor.

As I watched them play their game of tag, it dawned on me that these two creatures of God are completely oblivious to the goings on of the world. Their greatest concern was seemingly to get the best of their opponent. I’m not too proud to say that in that moment, I was jealous.

As I contemplated the advantage these two squirrels had over me when it comes to the changes and chances of this world, God took me to a deeper place… a place where squirrels can’t go. God took me to the joy of seeing a member of St. Christopher at Kroger. God took me to the blessing of concern for my mother and father in Boerne. God took me to the knowledge of His peace in Christ Jesus in my daily devotional.

John 15:12 says, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”

Being aware of the circumstances of this world is a gift from God, for in that gift, we can bear burdens together, share joys together, and care for one another in community and fellowship with God. In the gift of awareness, we can love with an intentionality that is only possible by those who are created in the image of God… you and me.

“Be present, O merciful God, and protect us through the hours of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this life may rest in your eternal changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. May the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, keep you safe and make you strong, this night and always. Amen.

Fr. Brian+

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