Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Because having faith in God can release so much light and love into my life, I am tempted to think that it is I, by my own will, whether expressed through prayers or sheer determination, who has the power to change the course of my life and the lives of others. This is only true when I am so aligned with God that my prayers reflect God’s purposes, my determination depends on God’s strength and wisdom, and my “will” is fully aligned with God’s. God’s promises fundamentally depend on God’s grace –and a divine perspective of human life and activity. Am I willing to lean so entirely into the grace of the Holy Spirit of God that my actions are only His? Holy Spirit, help me remember that God’s promises rest on his grace, not on my works.
Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. (Psalm 32:2)
We are not the bread we offer, but people who are fed by the word of God ...
Henri Nouwen, in The Selfless Way of Christ: downward Mobility and the Spiritual Life.
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.