Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Deuteronomy 4: 1-9
God reminded the Israelites to “Give heed to the statutes and ordinances,” those principles of life that allowed the mercy of God to flow into each person, and then to be extended to others. The thought continues, “Neither forget the things that your eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your mind.” Memories are very powerful. When the memory of a traumatic event is not healed, it can sabotage our thinking and lead us into bouts of rage, grief and anxiety. Similarly memories of all the mercies we have received at God’s hand – the beauties of the natural world, the kindness of another person, a sense of God’s caring presence at church – can guide us into abundant life. When I remember all the mercies of God (sometimes it is helpful to list these!) disordered affections become ordered, traumatic events take their place in the eternal regeneration of creation, and my domineering pride and prejudices give way to humility and understanding. Holy Spirit of God, help me remember your mercies.
Let my steps be guided by your promise; may evil never rule me. (Psalm 119)
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits –who forgives your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s
A Psalm of David, Psalm 103
Soli 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.