Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
It makes sense as human beings, who are the creation of God that was made in his image, that we would turn to our Creator to give him thanks and to learn from him how to live our lives and manage creation. But as societies have moved away from nature, choosing instead to build empires on a complex system of capital, control and consumerism, we have turned farther and further away from the Holy Spirit of God. Indigenous elders and spiritual leaders in our own country and across the globe have been voicing concerns and warnings, underscoring the prophesies of Old Testament seers and New Testament saints, including Jesus himself, who warns us in Luke’s Gospel of the days of vengeance brought on by collective hard-heartedness towards our Creator and all of Creation. What to do? Hosea proclaimed the solution years ago: “Take words with you and return to the Lord saying, “Take away all guilt; accept that which is good, and we will offer the fruit of our lips (that is praise and obedience)... For the ways of the Lord are right, (even this purging virus that is the present pestilence), and the upright walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them.” It is being reported that as the earth is cleaning up, waterways are beginning to run clean again, birds, fish and sea mammals are returning to places they haven’t been appearing for years, and deer are thronging cities. Am I walking through these times of purging with my head up, looking for God’s salvation, or am I stumbling? Holy Spirit of God heal my disloyalty to you; heal our disloyalty to you!
Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to God! (Psalm 81:1)
People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. … Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, watching for your redemption because it is drawing near.
Jesus to his disciples Luke 21
Come back to me, with all your heart…
Yahweh through the prophet Hosea, and throughout Judeo Christian scriptures
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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.