Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Each of us has ‘wilderness’ experiences in our lives. For Jesus, it was 40 days in the desert, for me it has been a wide variety of scenarios, from hours in an emergency waiting room, to days in Poustinia retreat, to weeks camping in the Arctic, to years living alone. Each wilderness experience provides forced fasting of some kind, and a time when I am separated from those I have been leaning on, a time when I alone face demons and God. Being in the wilderness, one is tested beyond personal strength, and has opportunity to fully realize the grace of God. It is in the wilderness that we, like Jesus, are prepared for the challenges of day to day life and ministry to others – and develop trust in the provision of God for what we truly need. Will I flee or live into the wilderness experience(s) provided along the way of my life’s journey? Holy Spirit help me trust you in the wilderness for sustenance.
He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. (Psalm 25: 9)
Be content to be obedient, which is never a small thing for a soul which has chosen God for its portion.
Saint Pio of Pietrelcina
* The two hands of forgiveness – one hand that stops the person who hurts us, and the other that reaches out as one sinner who understands another sinner. See Don’t Forgive Too soon: Extending the Two Hands That Heal by Dennis Linn, Sheila Fabricant and Matthew Linn
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.