Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Holy Spirit of God, help me not be mesmerized by the beauty nor terrified by the power, of human designs...
As human beings, we are designed to manifest by character, by word, and by deed the Glory of God, by living into the creativity, mercy and truth of God. As much as they reflect the glory of God , humanity’s structures and systems are beautiful adn life-giving. But as much as they exist for the glory of human nature alone – whether it be cultural, socio-economic, political, psycho-social or scientific – the contracts and constructs of human kind quickly become vainly beautiful or powerfully terrifying. Witness the wars, plagues, famines, and even the global warming of planet earth that have so quickly brought global economies, policies, projects and governments to their knees this year! As we move into Advent 2020 when we will celebrate the first coming of Christ Jesus and wisely consider the second coming of the Lord at the end of this age of civilization, let us not forget the hope of healing and holiness that we have been called to, this side of heaven and in eternity, as followers of Jesus. Will I subscribe to temporal beauty and terrifying power or to life-giving mercy and truth? What will I follow during my life-time on earth – the glory of humankind or the glory of God? Holy Spirit of God, help me not be mesmerized by the beauty, nor terrified by the power, of human designs.
The Lord will judge the world with righteousness and the peoples with his truth. (Psalm 96:5?)
The glory of God is humankind fully alive.
Iranaeus of Lyons
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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.