Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Romans 8:28 – 30
This scriptural prayer, from Paul’s letter to the Romans, is one of the most fundamental prayers for followers of Jesus. But let us keep in mind what the life of the Incarnate Son looks like. Jesus is not only the Prince of Peace, the Healer of the World, and the Master of the Apostles. When he was on earth, he was also the Man of Sorrows and crucified as public enemy #1. Am I truly willing to be conformed to the likeness of Christ Jesus? If I am willing to be shaped by God in the image of his Son, I can expect similar sufferings and sorrows as much as I can expect an abundant life that impacts the world with mercy and grace. But, as Paul reminds us... “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” – and are “conformed to the image of his Son”. Do I dare pray, Conform me to the likeness of your son, O Lord? Do I dare not pray in this way?
Lord, how great is the goodness that you keep for those who fear you. (Psalm 30:19)
Jesus became what we are that he might make us what he is.
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.