Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Although I do not drink alcohol, I can still become inebriated with any number of addictions – frenzied activity, fixated physical fitness, foolish gambles, or finery of any kind. Any idea or issue, any communication device, or any pass time can become a kind of drunkenness if it takes over and then dulls down my alertness, dissipating all good wisdom and intentions of my heart, and leading me into a weak and foggy stupor of spirit. In this state, my heart, mind soul and strength can become so deadened that I cannot find the strength to stand up and look for my Salvation when horrors or even challenges arise. “Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man”, Jesus tells us. Christ Jesus, help my heart not to be dissipated with any kind of ‘drunkenness’.
Let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice; turn to the Lord and his strength; constantly seek his face. (Psalm 105:3,4)
All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.
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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.