Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Of this I am sure: I am on God’s radar and I am enveloped in light-infused Love and Mercy. How is it, then, that I so often choose worry over prayer – choose to agonize over the past, present and future instead of turning to God through prayer and talking with him about what’s on my mind and irritating my soul-scape? In the midst of his teachings about the frightening end times of this ‘age of reason’ on earth, and a number of parables about mis-placed pride and behaviors of exclusion, Jesus inserts the parable about a grumpy judge, and a widow seeking justice against an opponent, in order to underline his counsel to pray always and not to lose heart. By persevering in asking, the widow persuades the judge to take her side and grant her justice. Jesus then notes that God, who is not grumpy and is absolutely just, can definitely bring about true justice (and undo the knots) in our lives when we persistently converse with him about the needs and gnarls of our lives. Praying always means talking to Father God continually about what is going on in life, and to not lose heart because we are ‘on his radar’ and because he constantly extends mercy to us. Sometimes my prayers are answered directly, but more often I realize in praying that my initial prayers are too small- minded and that God’s answers often change my heart, broaden my understanding and open my soul to align my Spirit with his. Truly Father God is more wise and more trustworthy than any human judge! I know how it is to petition the system (especially communications companies!) to stay true to their contract with me. Will I constantly take my wants and worries, my needs and knots to God – and not lose heart? Holy Spirit of God, help me to pray always and not lose heart.
If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there you hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast. (Psalm 139:6)
Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Saint Paul to the Philippians, 4:6-7
Soli ad gloriam
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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.