Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Micah 7: 14-20
Having lived and camped in the Arctic, I well know the cool, fresh, thirst-quenching taste of iceberg water, melted down from a chunk hacked off from an ancient iceberg. In a semi-desert zone, where most of the water sources are at least slightly pijaik, or “slippery” (salty), a drink of melted iceberg water is indeed life giving. Why drink anything else? The prophet Michal similarly wondered about humankind’s choices, and contrasted the life giving waters of mercy and love that flow endlessly from the Holy Spirit of God, with the cisterns that the chosen people of God chose for themselves, to collect ground water and runoff to drink. Why drink anything other than the living waters of God? When I become hot and thirsty journeying along my life’s path, will I use the ‘slippery” water close at hand, and depend on human ‘cisterns’ tainted with the desires and sins of the flesh and the world (such as self-help programs or familiar addictions)? Or will I take time to chip off a piece of the ancient word of God, let it melt in my mind, and drink from the fountain of living water, that is cool, always fresh and profoundly thirst-quenching, provided by the Holy Spirit of God? Holy Spirit of God, help me drink deeply from your fountain of life-giving waters.
For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. (Psalm 36:9)
Prayer is a new, gracious, lasting will of the soul united and fast-bound to the will of God by the precious and mysterious working of the Holy Ghost.”
― Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love
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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.