Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Approaching the death of a loved one or even one’s own death, can be a troubling matter to say the least. However, Jesus shared even this troubling time with us. A few days before his own end of life scenario, Jesus prepared his followers for what was coming. His advice? Firstly, “Do not let your hearts be troubled!” Secondly, “Believe in God, believe also in me!” Jesus then went on to tell his disciples what was driving this counsel: “I am preparing a place for you in my Father’s house so you can be with me. You know the way to the place where I am going!” Like anyone of us, Thomas questioned Jesus, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going! How can we know the way?” It was only as Jesus’ own death unfolded that the disciples really understood Jesus’ profound answer: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except by me.” Is it my troubled heart, or my trust in Christ Jesus that is upper most in my mind, soul and strength these days? Christ Jesus, keep my heart from being troubled and help me simply believe in you.
Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 42:10 )
We do not have to wait for the hereafter - it is now that we are one with Christ.
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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.