Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
When hope wavers, we human beings often descend into our addictions, to numb the pain of deep grief and disappointment, to freeze the fires of rage and revenge, or to deaden the darkness of anxiety or despair. The good news is that hope is more of a choice than a feeling. As choice, hope is founded in a decision to face the truth and love of God with a fully engaged heart and mind, no matter what lies to the contrary the enemy whispers into our ears or flicks by our sight. As much as I ruminate on the imbalances and interruptions, discomforts and dissipations that litter my past, that much, my hope wavers, and I am tempted to curl up in a corner and die. But as much as I notice and study God’s goodness and provision, woven into the tapestry of my life experiences to date, I realize that hope in God’s mercy is inextinguishable and ever life-giving when it is accompanied by faith and love. Will I choose to sink into the oblivion of addictions of any kind, or choose, like Jesus, to hope beyond every wind of change in this earthly life? Holy Spirit of God, help me be unwavering in hope.
They will receive blessing from the Lord, and vindication from the God of their salvation. Such is the company of those who seek him. (Psalm 24:5,6)
Be doers of the Word and not hearers only.
St. James, the Apostle
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.