Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
On my own, I can become ‘fairly good’ but have no hope of completing everything good on my own. As the years fly by, I engage in all kinds of ‘good’ things – projects, professions, and practices –and realize that given the uncertainties of life, I will leave most good things only partially done by virtue of the complexities of the people and times I am dealing with, and my own mortality. Indeed, the real ‘goods’ of life – Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-discipline –are the only elements of life that can be completed in this life or the next. It is in allowing God to complete these in me, no matter how painful the pruning soul and body that is required, that my life’s journey will amount to ‘everything good’. Am I working with or against God as he completes everything good in me? Father God, complete me in everything good.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long. (Psalm 23:6)
Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone's face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.
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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.