Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
1 Samuel 1:9-20 & 2: 1-10
There are all kinds of strengthening treatments, products and promises being offered by businesses today. But can any of these come close to resolving our grief, shame or deep-seated anger? In the incarnation of Christ Jesus into humanity, as Son of God and Son of mankind, with his obedience through torture, death and resurrection, we have been given an icon of spiritual (and psycho-social) strength. As I magnify (or make greater and more visible) the Lord, the nature of Christ begins to heal and strengthen the weaknesses, cracks and unsound places in my soul. Then my inner strength is made sure, to meet and greet any adversity or storm of life that comes along. Holy Spirit, let my soul magnify the Lord so my strength is made sure in God.
My heart exults in the Lord, and my strength is exalted in my God. (1Samuel 2:1)
Do not be disheartened by your imperfections, but always rise up with fresh courage.
St. Francis de Sales
Soli ad gloriam dei
Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.