Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
In God’s timing a ‘wilderness’ - a time of void when inter-and inner-personal interactions are minimal or dry –often comes after a period of frenetic activity. Without an understanding of the faithful and immutable love of God, such a wilderness can easily become a ‘dark night of the soul’, and I can enter into despair and acedia (sloth). Then the ‘devil like a prowling lion’ finds me easy prey. But when I remember the everlasting love of God, even in the wilderness, the Lord can ‘appear to me from far away’ when I seek true rest for my soul. It is often only in the wilderness that I fervently seek deep rest –and find God’s Grace. When I am in the wilderness will I remember to seek rest for my soul in the love and faithfulness of God? Holy Spirit of God, help me find Grace in the wilderness.
I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. (Jeremiah 31:3)
What ! Do you wish to know your Lord’s meaning in this thing? Know it well, love was his meaning. Who reveals it to you? Love. What did he reveal to you? Love. Why does he reveal it to you? For Love.
Julian of Norwich
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Soli ad gloriam Dei
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.