Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Isaiah 30:18 - 26
The world, the flesh and the devil know nothing about the bread of adversity and the water of affliction. The world would have us believe that hard times belong to the weak and the unsuccessful. Jesus, who was born into the tortuous grip of Roman rule demonstrated that God’s love lives through and beyond even the most disastrous circumstances, in the hearts of those who are faithful, who live into forgiveness, and bear holy fruit. The flesh constantly barrages us with the belief that pain and suffering are to be eliminated, no matter what the cost to one’s spirit. Jesus proved that love and mercy strengthen one’s soul beyond trauma and torture into the soaring heights of resurrection. The devil tries to persuade us that suffering is a faulty end to a futile existence. Jesus opened to us the way of truth and life, trumping despair through faithful mercy. Am I willing to eat the bread of adversity and drink the water of affliction? Christ Jesus, through hardships teach me God’s mercy.
Let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice; turn to the Lord and his strength; constantly seek his face. (Psalm 105:3,4)
“Though the Lord may give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself any more, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. And when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.”
The Prophet Isaiah 30:20-21
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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.